chickens and vacations??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chick'n'weave, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. chick'n'weave

    chick'n'weave Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2010
    We are really intent on getting started with a few chickens at our farm. However, we love to go camping several times a year in our RV. We are usually gone about a week at a time, but most of the time 3-5 days. About every other year, we do a 2-3 week trip.
    Is there anyone out there who has the same loves that we do, come up with a plan to manage the chickens and still enjoy camping in the great outdoors? I guess if we have to pick between one or the other, we will have to go with the love of camping, while we are still young enough and able to do that.
    Getting a "neighbor" to take care of flock daily, isn't an easy task either.
    Any friendly advice?
  2. lbartsch

    lbartsch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2011
    We have a house sitter come and care for all our animals while we're gone. Luckily for us she grew up in El Salvador with lots of chickens so it's easier for her. I think having someone stay at your place would be really helpful as things can happen with chickens at 3am (e.g., predators). We've been away several times and never had a problem.
  3. JohnHenry

    JohnHenry Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2011
    We have the same problem so I take them camping with us! [​IMG] well, actually I find a babysitter to change water and gather eggs, they get to keep the eggs. I have a girl coming over for the next three day to stay with our dogs and chickens and we pay her the money that would have gone to the kennel.
  4. chick'n'weave

    chick'n'weave Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2010
    Actually, that thought of taking them with us did occur; however, with 2 dogs and 1 cat as travelers, things could quickly get out of hand! Thanks for the good advice.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Surely you jest.

    What could be more restful than staying at home and watching Chicken TV all the time?

    All right, seriously, now - I do have friends with chickens who live close enough to check on them once a day, if necessary.

    Also, right now I leave for work and get home from work in the dark, so I really don't get to spend much time with them u 'til the weekends. From behavior and events during the past couple of months, I know I could go away for two days, easily, without involving anyone else in their care. Longer than that, I would ask those friends to check on them and refill feeders, waterers, kiddie pools for the waterfowl, and to gather eggs (which they could keep).
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Quote:Above is my preferred option. Or pay animal science student to provide care.
  7. rirbrahma

    rirbrahma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2011
    Automatic waterers & feeders! I usually ask someone to refill, gather eggs, and check on them every 2 days. I go on vacation for 3-4 weeks every year . Hope that helps [​IMG]
  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I know how you feel. We spent $75,000 for a Teton fifthwheel that's just sitting now. Truck and trailer just sitting. Can't leave the chickens. And won't trust anybody else to look after them. [​IMG]
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I hire a pet caretaker any time that we are going to be away 24 hours or more.

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