I am very lucky... DH is even worse than I am when it comes to spoiling the critters. If he even thinks there is a problem the lucky critter gets brought in, given treats and a chance to hang out for a while for observation. If it has fur or feathers he is a total pushover.
(which is why I just made a vet appointment for a stray female cat to get her shots and spay next week!!)
I have to admit, I would probably have to move half the coop with us if we did the Florida thing for winter.... just wouldn't seem right if we didn't. It is strange when we go to fishing camp for 2 days at a time!
...we just got back from 3 days in LAnc. Co...had the daughter(up here) take care of the birds...she gave me a day to day wrap-up of all that was happening in the coop..hahaha, she was excited to have the chickens now run TO her instead of AWAY from her..hahaha...they know she has FOOD!! hahahaha..
every farm we went by I was eye-balling over, and you know there are tons of them down there...gosh, i know it is sometimes a pain or the cause of pain.... to get up & moving..then out into the COLD..but I have got to admit, i would be totally lost without these animals.....so excited about spring..rooster and rabbits..and now I have a BEE mentor!!
He came over and talked with me about.. well, everything...Going to be working with him this spring to help take care of his set-up and harvest honey...the best way to learn is to do!!
When I get the $$ to get all the bee stuff, i will actually have a clue as to what to do and have a support system.
***Sharron- I hope you do get to take some birds with you...will help with the 'home-sick'