How much do you pay a chicken sitter?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cristina, May 23, 2011.

  1. cristina

    cristina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Lloyd Harbor
    I really have no idea...i am thinking $10/day + eggs.
    I will have the person coming from locally (within 5 miles) and am asking them to come 2x/day - to let them out of their coop in the morning, hang out with them a little, and then return in the evening to put them back into their coop.
    Any suggestions for pay rate?
    I live in NY (Queens)
  2. Posh Chickens

    Posh Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    West Midlands, UK
    I would say that's a good price, I do not have to pay anything as my only neighbour (About 400m away) has chickens as well, I do hers, she does mine.
  3. cristina

    cristina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Lloyd Harbor
    I have an answer for myself!
    I just spoke to someone in the area who seemed VERY happy with $10/day + eggs. She's a vet tech.
    I'm happy! I can go away for Memorial Day weekend in peace now!
  4. Gator113

    Gator113 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2009
    Port Angeles, Washington
    I'm new to most of this bird stuff, so be sure to wait for others to chime in.

    We are fortunate to have a neighbor that takes care of our birds when we have the need. Last summer we left town for a month and she didn't charge a dime and refused to take my money. She also raises animals and knows we will help her out too.

    However, we are trying to design our place such that taking care of these critters is quick and easy.

    To me, $10 a day sounds ok, if it's a quick and easy task and they are doing it as a favor and not for money. However, with gas prices as high as they are, you might want to pay for that too. Remember, you will be having these folks drive about 20 miles a day..... times how many days... at over $4 per gallon of the cheap stuff.

    Good luck....
  5. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    BC Canada
    I pay my neighbour $10/ day. He lives next door so just walks over.
  6. crossgirl

    crossgirl Day Dream Believer

    Mar 15, 2011
    Lakeland, FL
    If you can get someone for $10 then that's the right price!
  7. viledinnist

    viledinnist New Egg

    May 21, 2011
    Quote:Count yourselves lucky - gas prices here in France are about 1.60 euros a litre for gas ( petrol ) and 1.35 for diesel - that equates to about 8.50 USD for gas and about 7.15 USD diesel.

    However our French neighbours are happy to look after our chickens, and house and even dog for nothing - just the eggs. [​IMG]
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I'd use the same rule of thumb I use for a good babysitter.

    Pay them enough they'll come back next time.

  9. glorianel5

    glorianel5 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2010
    I paid a woman who had to travel 30 miles $20 per day and eggs. With fuel prices what they are I thought that I was getting a good deal.
    My ladies were still mad when I came home being cooped up for a week. Normally they are free range.

    hen crazy 4 big mommas
    5 chicks hoping the chicks are all hens
  10. GreenGables

    GreenGables Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    I'm going away this weekend too. My sitter charges $16 for each time she has to come to the house. She will be coming twice one day so we're talking $32 for that day. I think she is high but I feel bad asking someone else to do it.

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