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Leave young chickens alone for several days with minimal check ins?

post #1 of 5
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Planning to be away from the house for about 4 or 5 days in a few weeks. I have 4 chickens, around 10 - 12 weeks old. No one is laying yet. They have a raised coop, inside a closed run. Wire all around and a paver floor so no predators can get in. It's on the small side but tolerable for a few days.

 

Water is in a hanging bucket with nipples so will not get fouled. Food is in a hanging feeder that holds more then enough for several days.

 

Is it ok to have some one check on them maybe twice in that time? They'll be ****** about not getting out in the yard, but I think should be ok.

post #2 of 5
Sounds ok to me
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Hi! :frowIf I understand that they will have access to the coop and the run I think they will be just fine. for safety and peace of mind, I suggest you add a second feeder and water. Possibly a flake of alfalfa hay for them to busy themselves with in your absence. 

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post #4 of 5

Can you post a pic of your coop/run?

What is your climate? Putting your location in your profile can help folks give better answers/suggestions.

 

I'd maybe leave confined a few times before you leave to get them used to it.

Hopefully the person checking on them is well versed in chickens so they can recognize any possible problems...

.....and more importantly, know what to do about it.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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We're in N California, Bay Area, so fairly mild weather. They've been left in the coop untended for up 36 hours once. 24 hours several times and they spend at least half of each day in there thru the week as we only let them out when we are home.

 

Here's some shots of the coop:

 

 

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