how to feed my birds when I leave for a week

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by got2bskilled, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. got2bskilled

    got2bskilled Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009
    I am super excited about going on a family vacation the first week of March (my husband is gonna deploy soon so it is a big deal to us).... but I am concerned that my waterers will be gross or empty after the first few days. We will be gone for 5 days total. I have ducks that have a play bucket of water aside from the waterer that they share with the chickens. My birds are penned... and I thought about making something that would supply a week of water and feed....

    Any suggestions or plans would be a huge blessing! I will be sure to post with pictures of a finished product this weekend if someone has a DIY suggestion. Yall are like my family... so I hope I have a handy BYC cousin on here~LOL![​IMG]
  2. got2bskilled

    got2bskilled Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009
  3. AllCoop'dUp

    AllCoop'dUp Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Creswell, Oregon
    You really need to find a chicken setter or you'll be worrying about them the entire time your gone.
  4. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    Apr 18, 2010
    I would find a pet sitter - hunt around for and FFA kid or 4Her to come over and check things over, water and feed. Not only is having fresh water and food good, having someone stop by daily or even every other day will make sure nothing goes wrong on the property (I was farm sitting once, and a water main line broke in the barn. If I hadn't been there, it would have been an incredible, horrible mess!)
  5. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Do you have a neighbor kid that can come and check on them?
  6. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    When we go away we have a petsitter stay at the house to take care of our three dogs and our chickens. It is for our animals companionship and our peace of mind. There are many people who take care of lovestock and it is not expensive. A local vet would have some insight about people in your area or perhaps a neighborhood teen.

    Good Luck and Happy Vacation:)
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I always have someone come in on a daily basis. You can count on the fact that if something can go wrong, it will happen while you are gone. Murphy's law of chickens.[​IMG]
  8. got2bskilled

    got2bskilled Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2009
    Well, we live out in the sticks. As for neighbors, I think there is a family with nine kids down the road (really good people). Yet, I am weary about having any of the kids come by, because there is a pervert felon living across the street off of his elderly mother. Maybe I should just bring my birds to someone elses house~ LOL! Thanks for the suggestion though!
  9. bantyhen'sfriend

    bantyhen'sfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2009
    Southern Wisconsin
    We have a neighbor come over and feed our horses, let the chickens out in the morning, check feeders/waterers, and gather eggs, feed, and lock everyone in at night. He gets to keep the eggs, and we get peace of mind.
  10. GeneJordan

    GeneJordan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2011
    Arnaudville, La
    Being the nerd I am...

    Automatic Waters and Feeders, IP Security Cameras, Lights with Motion and Dusk/Dawn settings, Automatic Coop Door, and have it all controlled from your iPhone...

    Or you can have someone drop by to check up on things
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2011

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