Well the coop is coming along and the chicks are ordered, and the first time I will have to be gone it will be for 9 days and they will be two months old, 7 of them will share 135 square feet combined coop and run, there is a 4' wide barn door always open leading from the 8x10 coop area to the 5 x 11 run. They will be brooded in the coop, fully feathered and acclimated to the warming temps, this will be in June. I do plan to get someone to check in on them if I can find someone but other than a peek in to do a head count what would the chicken sitter do? Because of this trip and knowing I will be away I have decided not to start letting the flock out of the coop and run until after I return, my thinking being since they have never been out they will not expect it, one less thing...
So I will have two water sources, one of them either chicken nipples or cups fed by a 55 gallon drum and another passive 5 gallon solution as well and these will be well tested by then. They will have plenty of food in tested feeders. I will give them a flock block. I will likely set up a chicken cam I can see from my phone.
The girls, if Meyer's gets the sexing right, will not be laying, so no eggs to collect, the food and water on autopilot, I will be peeking at them on my phone what should I ask a sitter to do?
Gary from Idyllwild Ca here