Travelling with Chicks???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by thismama, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. thismama

    thismama New Egg

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    We have 3 week old chicks (just 4) and want to go away for the weekend... Would bringing the chicks with us be too stressful for them? We would just load up their whole cage and all. Just a 2 hour drive. I'm curious to hear what y'all think. :)
     
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are the temps in your area? How do you plan to keep them warm? I think it may be very stressful for them. I suppose they would be ok in your hotel? Don't let the maid in! Idk, your call I guess....
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    I would just leave them home. They will be fine for 2 days.
     
  4. thismama

    thismama New Egg

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    IWould spend the whole time wording they were out of water! Lol.
    I know it was a rather silly question, but was curious if anyone had done it. I think I will just find a chick sitter! [​IMG]
     
  5. smsmichaela

    smsmichaela Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I have two week old chicks, 2 of them, and I was wondering about taking them to our cabin this weekend that is a 45 min ride in the car. It does have electricity so i would be keeping them at the right temp. And in the same brooder. Did you end up traveling with your chicks? If so, how did it go?
     
  6. SJchickens

    SJchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could take them, but riding in the car is rather stressful for them. Mine have ridden 45 minutes before from the breeder's back to my house so I think it would be fine. Just keep the car warm.
     
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  7. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    It's stressful for chicks to be transported, but if you have no alternative, a good way to do it is to mix their water with their feed, making a thick mush. This way there's no water to spill, and the chicks can continue to eat and get their water needs satisfied for the two hour trip.

    If you don't have a reliable chick sitter, I would certainly take them along, as long as they have adequate space and heat during the duration.
     
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  8. smsmichaela

    smsmichaela Out Of The Brooder

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  9. smsmichaela

    smsmichaela Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, so I am not going to have to take them this time, my son is staying home so he can take care of them. HOWEVER, I'm now starting to get scared about any and all times i go out.of town for a few days. When they are older, they still will need someone to watch them, right? To refresh water and food. I'm starting to worry it is going to be so hard, because I do go out of town a couple of times a year for a week at a time. Do most people with chickens not travel??? What to do???? I'm embarrassed that I didn't think this through...I love these guys already!!
     
  10. kristaschics15

    kristaschics15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I guess I'm a bad mom cause I took my chicks just a few days old 5 hours one way for a long weekend. They did exceptionally well and I have seen no adverse reactions to it.
     
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