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How Long Can Chickens be Neglected?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Weasleymum, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Weasleymum

    Weasleymum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I may have to leave town for a few days this weekend, and don't know what to do with my girls! Based on our patterns, I *think* they would be OK if I left the door between the run and the coop open so that they could get in and out, and left them with plenty of food and water, and I am trying to find someone to come by and check on them at least once while I'm gone. Other than that I don't know what to do. This is not a planned trip but for a funeral; I really don't have any back-up. It's supposed to get really warm this weekend, almost to 90 degrees, so I'm worried about the water.

    Oh, and this is my set-up:

    4 birds, 9-11 weeks old
    Small, portable coop with attached run, inside our fenced backyard. I've been moving the coop every 2-3 days to give the girls fresh ground.
     
  2. Julie08

    Julie08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
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    if you were leaving for the weekend IE leaving saturday morning returned Sunday evening I would say that would be okay if you filled up a few waterers and feeders just before leaving and tended to them as soon as you return but I wouldnt change it any longer then that specially with chicks so young, I think older girls would be okay for that length of time
     
  3. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you have to refill your feeder and waterer daily? I do mine about once a week, and they're just the 3 gallon size. I don't think they'll even notice you're gone, honestly. If someone can come check on them, it couldn't hurt, but I wouldn't drive myself crazy about it. 4 or 5 days would be a whole different story.
     
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    with the set up you have they should be okay
    just so the neighbors dogs don't come over
    the heat would be too bad for the chicks
    so you will have to leave te door open
    besure and prop something up against the door so it doesn't close on them
    leaving some out side

    fill two waterers at least and feed
    they should make it
     
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I agree with the others and they will be fine over the three day weekend.

    I've done it a few times during the summer months while I went for an reenactment that would last three days. Everyone is fine with doubled up waterers and feeders.
     
  6. Weasleymum

    Weasleymum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all of the answers, yall! I appreciate it. We've decided that I should stay in town, though, instead of attending the funeral, so it won't be an issue after all...
     

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