How long can chickens be left alone?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by keepitlow, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. keepitlow

    keepitlow Out Of The Brooder

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    When you on vacation can you get by with leaving them alone for a week?

    If not, how do you get your birds looked after?

    Thanks
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Find a neighbor or family member to look after them! A weeks just too long!!
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Have an automatic waterer... and LOTS of feed. But I'd still have someone look in on them.
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I never leave them longer than overnight. You just never know what could happen.
     
  5. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    I would be ok with leaving mine for a period of time (days) simply because I have neighbors, friends & family to check on them. It's not really hard to make sure they have food & water. The downside for them would be that they wouldn't get to free range while I was gone & we'd miss each other.
     
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Even if you have a secure, covered run for your birds (where you might feel safe leaving your pop door open), I think a week is too long to leave your birds unattended. I'd find a neighbor, a relative, a local teen who needs to make a little money to stop by at least once a day just to check on them. Even the large feeders/waterers can get knocked over on occasion, and you always want to be aware of the predator situation.
    I'm lucky that I have a sister-in-law who also has pets. So we trade pet-assisting services from time to time... I'll go feed her dog is she's running late, and she helps out with my chickens if I'm gone for a weekend. The last time we were gone for a week, I paid a pet sitter (19 yr old daughter of a work mate) to care for them (but I also have dogs/cats).
     
  7. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a friend come over twice a day to tend to and check on the animals. I pay her a small (token) amount because she's a good friend and she gets to keep all the eggs she collects.
     
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I've left for 4-5 days at a time and would have for much longer if I didn't have to get back to feed the dogs again. I free range at all times and the dogs watch them for me. I put down enough food and water in the coop for the time I am gone and leave without a worry.

    But then, not everyone has my setup.
     

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