High-Vis chicken jacket - from Omlet, of course!
NSW Hen RescueI found this page Bushfire Evacuation for Hens on the NSW Hen Rescue website this morning. It has some good advice on what to do with your chooks. In summary, have:
- enough pet carriers for all your animals - two hens fit in one cat cage
- the carriers all ready to go
- an emergency kit for the animals
- a plan to round up your hens and other animals
- a plan where you will take your hens and other animals.
Next time - like the webpage above mentions - I'd have more cages on hand. Our girls are 'big boned' and stuffing three into a cat cage was not comfortable for the poor dears. And while I'd thought about taking the girls, I hadn't stopped to think where to. I'd assumed they could go to my Mum's but they were having a major plumbing emergency with workmen crawling all over the place and that wasn't an option. Not everyone wants 8 chickens to arrive unexpectedly, especially if you haven't also thought how you will house them!
There's no place like homeSo with the girls holed up under some bird netting cast over my friend's lovely teak outdoor furniture (yes, they are good friends ), I got to thinking about if there were a 'next time', what would I do differently?
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Repurpose a tent? You could cut the floor out but leave enough of an edge to peg it down. Put netting over like a fly and have all the window flaps open. It would house 8 chooks and would be easy to put up and relatively safe. Not a bad idea, if I don't mind saying so myself! Looking into this idea, I came across these coops (again, from Omlet.co.uk).
Eglu to you too
The Eglu Classic chook pod with run - not big enough for 8 though
Behold! The Eglu Cube !! Fits 10 chickens and could be put on a trailer. Nice one!!