Okay, so this is going to be a copy / paste from an Email I sent to someone else, and I don't even know if I'm posting this in the right section, but it seemed an appropriate thing to put under "flock management"... Well, I should probably firstly put forth that I DO NOT agree with a lot of traditional farm-mentality chicken raising. However, that is because I have the time and energy to expend on my chickens as pets. For someone owning a farm and using chickens as production, a lot of farm-based advice is wonderful, but since I have that extra hands-on time with my chickens I used a much more pet-mentality with them. I DO NOT spoil them, however. They are still animals, and if an emergency struck, they are a food source. That being said, here is the Email I wrote: The scenario is this: I own chickens as pets. My Rhode Island boy, Bo, is my support animal - he has a certain noise he makes when I'm about to have a panic or anxiety attack that is unlike any other noise he makes. He also rides the handlebars of my bike, and makes this noise while I'm riding so that I pay attention to him instead of whatever I'm thinking about that's making me anxious. The others are his sister, Faust ( both of their mothers were Blackstars, Faust's father was a Welsummer, and Bo's a Rhode Island Red ), Eddie, Ziggy ( both Ameraucanas ), and the "tiny cock" as my friends call him, Bowser ( Dutch Bantam mutt ). Sometime soon, I'm guessing less than a month, I will be homeless. I would really like to bring my chickens with me, though. I figured three would be an ideal number, as that way if I ever needed to take one with me and leave the others behind, no one would ever be left alone, and the one I take with ( likely Bo ) will always have another chicken to come home to since I know it's important for them to have other chickens in their lives. However, if I were to get rid of one in my flock of four, it would likely upset the balance of the flock, and four is a good number, anyway. Once all of my other chickens were adopted away, I was stuck with Bowser, who gets along with the four larger chickens ( I used to have a bantam flock that Bowser was a part of, but he often meandered over to mingle with he standard flock ), and being a rooster of his breed, I feel unsafe giving him up due to the high prevalence of cock fighting in this area, and I would absolutely hate for that to be the fate of my wonderful little boy. On top of that, he is so much smaller than the rest he requires much less feed, and the environment here ( western Washington ) is stock full of good plants and bugs for these guys to forage once we get out on the road and start picking stuff up. They are all harness and leash trained, and they are all comfortable travelling in a kennel and by bike. They are all used to being handled and exposed to new situations - they take a moment to look at my reaction, and react accordingly. They all look up to me as "head chicken", follow me around, feel safe with me around, and the roosters only crow when I'm not around or they're out of food or water. They are trained to drink out of water bottles that can be hooked up to the kennel during travel, and they all catch on to new activities pretty quick. I am a professional chicken trainer, so I feel like I have psychology pretty well down, but I have only been owning chickens for about two years, so I don't feel like I have all of the knowledge of the world, especially as far as illnesses, behavioural problems, and ideal living conditions go. I can certainly correct a behavioural problem, and I can observe what a chicken is telling me about its feelings about its current living conditions, but I don't yet know the root of every behavioural problem, nor the things I should be looking out for as far as health and illness. I am pretty spectacular at mending wounds, though - I've at least got that on my resume! The question: Anyway, I know my question is probably pretty unconventional, and I'm probably going to copy / paste this onto BackYardChickens.com as well, but the root question here, I guess, would be... When taking chickens travelling, camping, or anything of that sort... what sort of things should I be looking out for? What is the best portable "coop" I could give them? Due to my hands-on interaction with my chickens, I have never had issues with them needing total darkness or the typical needs of a coop, but they do need something to perch on or they start to get sores on their feet and ankles. Is there anything in the Pacific Northwest that I should be really, really worried about them eating or getting into? I am not opposed to eating them if I cannot find a good home for them, and I notice their quality of life taking a turn for the worse, but they are all young ( Bo is the oldest, turning a year last Thanksgiving ). Just any tips, tricks, advice... anything would be great. I'd especially love to hear from someone who's done this or something like it before! I know SOMEONE has - I was inspired by a photo of someone with a chicken in a kennel attached to the back of a bike.