By Christina Rodriguez on Jan 23 2020
Category: How To

How to Move with Your Flock of Chickens

What the FLOCK?! Before we start, I want to explain that when we're using the word "flock", we are referring to backyard chickens. The tips provided are not applicable for commercial poultry, but these tips can be used when you're moving with any backyard poultry.

With living in Ohio and 50% of it being farmlands, the itch to start my own flock and be more in touch with where my food (in this case eggs) comes from grew immensely. Fast forward to two years living here and I now have a flock of 28 chickens and 10 ducks. Needless to say, they are part of our family and we have grown to know each of their personalities, so when we decide to make our final move and buy a house, them coming with us will not even be a question.

When you have your own flock, you know that despite their resilience to different environmental factors, these “routine derived” creatures are most fragile to stress. Before making any move, whether cross country or locally, properly planning the move for your flock will be key in making sure that they survive their BIG move.

 Know The Legal Requirements

When you are transporting animals, especially those considered to be 'livestock', you will find that there are many requirements and restrictions. This is especially true if you are moving to another state.

Depending on your destination and the states you will drive through to get there, you may need to prepare several months ahead of your move. The American Veterinary Medical Association provides a great resource to help you get started. You should also contact your (new) state’s Animal Health Official. You can download a complete directory of the state animal health officials on the USAHA website.

Local Ordinances and Zoning

Not all cities and counties allow backyard chickens, and those that do may impose strict restrictions. You'll want to make sure that your new city and county allow backyard chickens in the early stages of planning your move. To do this, you'll need to contact your local government. More often than not you'll be looking for the department that handles ordinances or zoning.

With planning came hours of extensive research on how to safely transport my flock, so I’ve decided to compile and breakdown some tips into 3 different steps.





How well you prepare will have a domino effect on how well your flock will handle the stress. To set them up for success keep the following in mind:


Are we there yet? After thinking all of the logistics through, the time has come to put your preparation into action, woohoo! This will be the most crucial part as it could mean life or death for the #backyardchickens.


You made it! You and your flock are probably over it by now, but you made it through the most crucial portion of the move- so YOU’VE GOT THIS! When you arrive, try the tips below to get them acclimated to their new environment, and make the transition easy for you both.

These EGG-cellent tips will ensure that this move is an easy transition for you and your kids...I mean flock. Be sure to look into hiring moving labor to help ease your workload by making this BIG move.

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