Hello again! It's been a while since I did a Chick Chat update and WE MOVED! Yep- that coop my poor husband built with his 2 hands had to get dis-assembled and completely torn down. You can check that coop out here!
It was sad, but the best thing is that we are going to renovate an old shed into a new, larger coop for the ladies. To recap I have 6 chickens: 1 Dominique, 1 Black Orpington, 1 Green Queen, and 3 silkies!
I named 4 of them after my fave female chefs (Julia Child, Ree Drummond, and Molly Yeh, and Katie Lee.) The other 2 are Buttermilk and Biscuit!
They are busy as can be and handled the move amazingly well. However I do have some tips for moving your chickens to keep them happy and not too stressed!
How To Move Chickens Without Stressing Them Out
- Small dog kennels or cages draped with towels. These worked great for us because they kept the chickens feeling secure and it seemed like the smaller the space, the more safe they felt? I'm not sure but they seemed happy and comfortable!
- Pair them up wisely with a buddy for the ride! My chickens stick together when they free range and they love each other but there is a definite pecking order and you do not want to kennel them up with the bottom and top of the pecking order together. You could end up with some plucked feathers and stressed chickens!
- Get some air flow going in the car. We moved them in the dead of summer and letting the car cool down first brought a welcome relief of cool air after being in the hot sun. I don't know this for sure- but I think they enjoyed it!
- And lastly we let them safely free range in our new yard as soon as we got there. I think letting them get acclimated to their new place helped and they got to enjoy some fresh grass to peck around in.