Is it okay to leave baby chicks over the weekend

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pauren34, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. pauren34

    pauren34 New Egg

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    I am new to this. I have 3 baby RIR. I need to go out of town over the weekend in a few weeks. The chicks will be about 3.5 weeks old by then. We would leave around 4pm Friday and be back about 4/5 pm Sunday. I am not sure if I need to find a chick sitter or if they will be okay for that time. They have a feeder and waterer that are large enough to stay filled for that time. I could clean the brooder right before we left. They are doing really good and this is my first time as a chick momma. I don't want to do anything to harm them.

    Thoughts/advice?
     
  2. snazzyboots

    snazzyboots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you have someone that can check on them once a day? i would worry that something might happen in that time. what if they spill the water or what if one of them gets sick?
     
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would find a chick sitter if it were me. Their water needs to be changed at least twice a day and the poop needs to be cleaned up. My girls poop a lot and they even poop in their water. Good luck.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Life goes on.

    I leave chicks and hens alike. You setup for them, the best you can. I have mine setup so that we can leave them for up to three days. I cannot realistically be gone longer without enlisting a neighbor's help. But for three days, I can easily provide them multiple waterers and feed. They do just fine.
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I do think it would be OK for a few days to leave them, but there are two things I would do:

    #1, make sure they have a nice, sturdy waterer, that they can't knock over


    #2, make sure they can't fly out of the brooder, because when they start getting a bit older, and you don't have some type of lid on the brooder, sometimes they are little escape artists, and then they can't get back in.......

    I think if you do that, you'll be fine!
     
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Eh, I think I worry way too much. lol
     
  7. smcjoj3

    smcjoj3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I think I'd be nervous about leaving littles for 3 days w/out someone to check in at least on Sat if it were me too.
     
  8. pauren34

    pauren34 New Egg

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    They can't knock over the water or food and there's a lid to the cage so they can't get out. Thank you for the advice. I will probably try to find someone to atleast check on them on Sat. I know I will be so worried about them either way. Thank you again.
     

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