I know show birds do a lot of traveling but what about your basic, free range, almost feral chickens? We are going to move to a second home (mother's, where some of our chickens spent their chickhood) for six weeks this summer while renovations happen at our home. We are about to rehome our rooster which means we could, in theory, bring our hens with us for those six weeks.
Or leave them here and hire on our chicken sitter to do chicken care. Ca-ching.
Any thoughts on that? Is it crazy to move the hens for such a long/short time? I know they might stop laying eggs. I know I have to be sure I have a save place for them in the city. (I would never forgive myself if I lost my hens in the city.) I know the city ordinances. (6 hens, no roo. Our neighbors are totally cool and want chickens themselves and so highly unlikely to count.)
I also know leaving them here with excavators and loud hammering might be upsetting for them, too. We are also going to be changing their coop/run area . . .
I love my hens and thus, selfishly, would miss them. And would worry about them if not with them.
Oh heck, I will worry about them either way.
Just curious what others think. It is probably a no brainer: leave them where they are. . . They have endured excavators and new coops in the past. (We are on our 8th rendition of the chicken coop since we moved here with our chickens 4 years ago. Just saying. The girls are used to change.)