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daylight savings screws everthing up

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RockyToggRanch, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    How do you all deal with the change in time? I know the animals don't understand that we have to work and our time changes twice a year. That means that they eat at a different time now. I tried to adjust gradually, but it's tough when you work. I've actually left early for 2 weeks to adjust gradually. I would prefer not to screw up our schedules with this daylight savings crap. BUY A FLASHLIGHT!

  2. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    i never thought about that...i just assumed they would not notice an hour
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Most people have full feeders 24/7 for chickens. It is not good for them to be out of food and waiting for a 'feeding time'. Everything else grazes a pasture so they self feed. This current time is standard time. This is the way I prefer it. Daylight Saving Time is over.

    What animals are you feeding daily that can't be somewhat automated?
  4. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I have two horses and a goat that wait at the fence 15 minutes before feeding time. Even though they have unlimited hay. It's just the routine. My chickens are waiting for me at AM and Pm times even though they have feed in there already. I don't think it's about the food as much as it's about the routine.

    I guess I could just assume that , to them I am a superstar! and they are lining up to see me. [​IMG] If only I could sell them tickets.

    I guess I have more of an issue with schedule change than they do.
  5. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Time change is annoying! Its hard enough to stay up till bedtime with it getting darker, and now the time has gone back, and bedtime is another hour away!! [​IMG]
    Since it is dark when I leave for work, no matter what time of year, the chickens aren't bothered by the time change, I'm gone before they are up!! But the horse, yes, she gets upset when I am not out there when her tummy thinks I should be.
    And the puppies, they still want to go out to poo, and now the clock says it is an hour earlier, so 5am trips to the outdoors are now 4am trips.
  6. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    I agree, I don't like the time change... I don't think my chickens notice it too much though. My kids do notice it, at least it is dark when they are going to bed now. That is very hard in the spring and summer when we are trying to put them to bed and it looks like the middle of the day outside!
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing Premium Member

    I always feed the horses when the sun comes up and when the sun goes down, no matter the time. That doesn't mean they don't stare at me half the day.... [​IMG]
    Turns out, animals are always hungry!!!! [​IMG]

  8. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Quote:[​IMG] Mine do the same - the goat will YELL the horse will nicker and the ducks and chickens knock on the garage door. [​IMG]
  9. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    It's the dogs and cats here. Their internal clocks woke them (and us) up at 5 this morning instead of 6. The chickens have feed all the time and the rooster crows when he feels like it.
    As for my son, it is easier to get him to bed this time of year than in summer when the sun is still shining.
  10. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    My chickens have to stay cooped up more now, since they only get to come out when I get home in the afternoon and it gets dark earlier. [​IMG]

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