Do you ever get tired of filling food dishes?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by mamawolf544, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    I love my critters, but sometimes filling all those food and water dishes gets so tiring.
    So lets play how many pens do you have?

    I have 12 quail pens
    1 pheasant
    4 brooders
    10 bantem/lf pens
    3 breeding pens
    2 yards that have feed and water for the free range stuff
    Jenny the pig
    5 outside dogs
    15 outside cats
    boer goats
    4 inside dogs
    2 inside cats
    and of course the people [​IMG]

    I think I am tired. And you have to gather eggs about 5 times a day and most of my hens want to play egg hunt. [​IMG]
  2. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2008
    Wow, you are busy, huh? I have 4 dogs and 17 hens and 1 cat. I am expecting 20 more pullets in the next day or so.
  3. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    I divy it out. We have a chore chart that includes all the animals. Example today Erik got cats and rabbits, Evan got chickens and quail etc.... Each child is responsiable for feeding and watering the animal on thier days, and mom just does a quick check after breakfast to be sure they didn't miss anything. Each feed can has the label from the bag (the label has a drawing of the animal as well as the kind of feed on it) taped to the can, so even the 5 year old can match the bunny picture with the bunny can.
  4. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Quote:Very organized-Good For You!! I did something like that when we had the neighbor care for our animals so we could take a trip, worked well!
    DH and I take turns, he handles the morning chores and I do the evening chores. Takes me about 1/2 hour each evening to get everyone fed and then I turn to the people side of it! We feed the horses twice a day but every one else gets fed once a day (chickens have 24/7 food). I also only collect eggs once a day unless it's the weekend and we're home then I'll go out more to collect!
  5. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps


    Here's where/what we have to go/do each day

    4 post coop (4 scoops of food) - 3 gallons water
    Small coop (1 scoop) - 1/2 gallon
    Hen House (divided in 2) 1 scoop right side, 2 scoops left side - 2 gallons total water
    Pen 1 - 2 scoops - 1 gallon
    Pen 2 - 1 scoop - 1 gallon
    Pen 3 - 1 scoop - 1 gallon
    Isolette - 1/2 scoop - 1/2 gallon
    Single Coop - 1/2 scoop - 1/2 gallon
    Chain Link Run/Coop - 2 scoops - 1 gallon
    Grow out pen - 3 to 4 scoops - 5 gallons
    Banty coop - 1 scoop - 1/2 gallon
    #1 Banty rooster cage - 1/4 scoop - cup of water
    #2 Banty rooster cage - 1/4 scoop - cup of water

    2 Brooders - twice per day both food & water

    5 dog bowls twice per day
    Outside water bowl - 1 gallon per day
    Inside water fountain 1-2 gallons per day
    3 cat food bowls - adult cats once per day - small kitty several small handfuls throughout the day (otherwise one of the dogs eat it all)

    Gather eggs once or twice per day

    Then there are us people [​IMG]
    I cook usually once per day in the evening
  6. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    I don't have as many food dishes to fill as you do! That's a good reason to not buy every animal you fall in love with!
  7. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    Lets see, we have: Horses, donkeys, goats, rabbits, dogs, cats, geese, guineas, & chickens. Oh, and a fish. There are a lot of pens to hit and a lot of waterers to check.

    I agree that divying up chores is the only way to go. My 8yo DS helps with small animals. 11 yo DS does a lot more, but then quite a few of the animals are his, including the goats. We all rotate through jobs so that no one person bears all the responsibility every night--although I admit that somehow I mostly end up doing the poo duty.

    ETA: I forgot the cows, but that's because my Dad handles them almost all the time. I only mess with them if he's out of town or something.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2009

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