A question about transporting chickens

by Wendy
(California)

Help! We are moving from California to South Dakota in September. We have eight full grown chickens that we want to move with us. What is the best way to transport over such a long distance? How do you deal with food and water along the way?

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Jun 21, 2013
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by: Jessica

This is a very helpful post. I'm about to attempt to move 3 hens from Colorado to Indiana - 20 hr drive straight thru. Anyone else out there tried this sort of thing???

Jan 05, 2011
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Moving chickens in a car
by: Anonymous

We did the move, and we put the chickens in large dog crates and bundled them into my husband's car. We put the chickens in 3 to a crate, and we separated the chickens who don't get along, with cardboard. We put shavings in the crate, and attached water and food to the door of the container. They slept in the car when we stayed at hotels, they were always fine. The biggest issue is air temperature - if you're moving in summer, run the air conditioner.

Before we left we had a vet draw up health certificates and any applicable paperwork. The issue is not the state you're leaving, but the state you are entering (if you're moving state-to-state.)

Honestly, it wasn't as bad as I had feared. Because we were in a passenger vehicle they were "pets" so no stopping for inspections of livestock is necessary. The biggest concern among poultry states is some kind of bird disease. C.A was disease free though, so that wasn't a problem.

All that said, good luck!

Jan 05, 2011
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moving chickens
by: Anonymous

did you do the move? we are in the same situation, any ideas?

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