Can I leave my hens in coop for 3 days over Thanksgiving?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hamellott, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. hamellott

    hamellott Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    My family is counting on us being present for Thanksgiving in PA, twelve hours away. This is our first year with chickens (just 4 of them) and I am fretting leaving them for 3 days cooped up. I'm sure they will be fine with plenty of food and water, but I guess I just worry they will be unhappy and bored. They are used to getting out at least for a while each day. I don't have anyone to check on them during this time. I plan to unplug the light we usually have on for a few hours in the late afternoon, just for safety reasons. Any ideas or thoughts on this? We will have a heated water dish that comes on only if temps dip below freezing. Thank you!
     
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  2. jamz

    jamz Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm leaving mine for a week. Did it once before in the summer too, in the tiny summer tractor, they were fine and happy and healthy when I got back. Even had a ton of food and water left!

    This time they have a much much bigger coop, with the summer tractor attached and operating as run space.

    Just be sure to leave them plenty of food ans water and they will be good to go.
     
  3. As long as they have water and feed and they are not crowded, they can go a few days.

    Chickens are pretty adaptable. You might get the "stink eye" when you open up the coop though !!
     
  4. save the favs

    save the favs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A nice "Flock Block" might keep them entertained with something new. I keep one of these in my "xtra roosters" pen, it keeps them busy & lasts a long time.
     
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  5. Lucy4

    Lucy4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I second the flock block! Mine find that fairly entertaining.
     
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Just lock up your coop good and tight, have plenty of food and water and perhaps throw in plenty of greens and scratch to keep them occupied and you should return to happy healthy chickens.

    AL
     
  7. chickensloveworms

    chickensloveworms New Egg

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    Quote:a newbie here....what's a "flock block"?
     
  8. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Make sure they can't knock their water over - we came home to some very thirsy chickens once after a weekend out of town.
     
  9. save the favs

    save the favs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickensloveworms, I put a "flock block" (a compressed block of food) in my "xtra roosters pen" to keep them calmer, occupied & fed at the same time, a good treat to go with their regular poultry diet. Keep it up off of the ground/mud/moisture with a flat brick or the like. Here is a site for the "flock block" I use (there are other brands): http://poultry.purinamills.com/OURPRODUCTS/Products/FlockBlock/default.aspx

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    it is... Whole Grain Enrichment Supplement
    For free-ranging poultry and game birds
    Encourages natural pecking instincts to help reduce cannibalism
    Contains oyster shell and grit
    Available in a 25# block
     
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  10. chickensloveworms

    chickensloveworms New Egg

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    Thank you so much for explaining "flock block"......the more I learn about chickens, the more I realize I don't know!
     

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