Gone on weekends what do I do?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wartrek79, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. wartrek79

    wartrek79 Songster

    Mar 15, 2008
    We spend just about every weekend at the lake during the summer, what I wanna know is with free range chickens, what do I do when I'm gone, can they stay in the coop for a couple days, or what?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    As long as your coop is large enough for the number of birds, yes, they can stay in the coop. Might want to test it out first during the week.
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    In the heat of summer you need to make sure they are provided for. Make sure they have plenty of cool water and food. I keep fans in my hen house and they run day and night during the summer. You'll need to make sure the chicken house and run are secure and predator proof. Once a predator figures out there is chicken dinner to be had it will come back until all the chickens are gone.

    If you lock them in the chicken house without access to the outdoor run you have to remember how heat builds up in those coops during the hottest time of the day. You may come home to find chickens that have died from heat stress.

    What you suggest can be done. You just have to plan for it and provide for their needs when you won't be around. It is not the best situation to be in but I am sure you can work out something that keeps your chickens protectedm healthy and happy.
  4. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    Can you make a run? If this is going to be every summer, you mind as well be ready for it. Make a nice size covered run and then you won't have to worry about it every summer. They'll be able to go out and go to bed by themselves. I'd hate to leave the poor chickens in the coop on hot days. They can free range when you are home during the week.
  5. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    Quote:I second this suggestion. We are often away during the weekends and having a covered run works great for us. We used 1/2" hardware cloth around the lower 3' and buried it 6" and it has worked great. Very secure.
  6. wartrek79

    wartrek79 Songster

    Mar 15, 2008
    Thank you! I though the run was a good idea too, didn't know for sure how to work it ,thanks!

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