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boy are they going to be MAD. Vacation.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by libbyhan, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. libbyhan

    libbyhan In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2010
    New to chickens. I have 6 pullets (we think- though Rita the EE is looking more and more ROO to us- red comb buds that are much redder than Anita's) that are about 12 weeks old in the coop. We free range 99% of the time in our sheltered, fenced back yard. We have a run on our coop that is just big enough for the 6 chickens, but have never locked them in for the day. In fact, we just finshed the run this past weekend.

    We had a big storm come by last night and I locked them in the run for the first time (I got lucky- they were all in, so I shut the door) and MAN, they were not happy. Pacing and peeping- giving me the stink eye.

    Little do they know that we are leaving for 4 days this week. We have a house sitter coming and I don't want her to have to deal with an injury or a loss (knock on wood). So, we've decided to lock them in the coop and run for the time we are gone. We have a forraging brick of some sort that I got at the feed store and a couple heads of cabbage for them. But, they are going to be mad at us.

    Any advice? I know that they will just get over it, but I don't want them to behave badly. The 2 EEs get picked on a bit.... but there is the requisite amount of room in the coop and run.

    Poor chickies.
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I'd suggest locking them in a few times while you can observe to see if there are any problems, not just fighting and such but problems with feeders or waterers, maybe can they find a way to get out, maybe there is a tight spot where they can get stuck. Basically just a check for problems before you dump that on a sitter.
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing 8 Years

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    They may pout a bit when you come back, when I was in the hospital, they were a bit miffed with me.

    Mine are happier in the run, since I added some things to it, I have a roost, a couple of tree branches, and a porch so that they can get out of the wind or the sun. I keep a couple of spare cages in there, and they seem happier when they can jump up on a few things, and are not all at ground level. I think it allows them to kind of get away from each other too.

    Just an idea. MrsK
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    I agree with the waterer check. I was pet sitting and instructed to come every other day. No problem, but one of the hens decided it was fun to knock over the waterer. I scrounged a nipple waterer so they had a back up so it worked out. Maybe the chicken was mad her people left her? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2010
  5. libbyhan

    libbyhan In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2010
    Good advice on the waterer. We have 2 and will use them in 2 locations. My pet sitter has to come at least 3 times a day for the dogs- so hopefully that will be OK.

    I'm tempted to tell her to let them free range if it's over 90. Seems a shame to keep them in. They have an under the coop run (with another 30sq ft off of that), so they have loads of shade.

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