Leaving Chickens Alone

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pollitos Mami, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Pollitos Mami

    Pollitos Mami Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband and I have a wedding to attend in 9 weeks. We have no one who can care for our chickens what should we do to prep them for 7 days alone?
     
  2. CatDaddyAlbert

    CatDaddyAlbert NoFeathersRuffled

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    I can tell you that you are taking a REAL chance leaving them alone for that long if you do not have someone checking your feed and water.

    Water gets spilled! [​IMG]
    They run out of feed! [​IMG]

    There is really no one that could come by and check on them?
     
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    I personally wouldn't do it. Murphy's Law knows when to kick in and it's when there's no one looking! But that's just me. Others have left their birds alone for awhile and things worked out. But if anybody gets sick or gets stuck on something or whatever, 7 days is a long time to wait for help.

    You have a lot of time before your trip. What about someone who works at a vet's office or who is a responsible 4-H leader/member or a critter sitter service that is willing to be flexible about type of critter (!)? I rarely go away because it's just too complicated with the birds but am going to try this year to 'train' a cat sitter person who seems very nice. She seems willing to expand her repertoire......

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  4. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Also, it's not mentioned where you're located but especially during hot times of the year water should be changed frequently (bits of food can get in there from their beaks and attract bacteria). I change the water twice daily - perhaps more than most - but once a day would not be overdoing it......
    JJ
     
  5. Gullygarden

    Gullygarden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its good you are thinking about it now. You cannot leave them alone that long without potentially disastrous results. I feel bad if I don't have someone come twice a day when I'm gone. They will probably survive a once a day care person though, if you train them well. I agree with JJ - all those sources are good potential helpers. Or a house sitter? Please please please start working on this now!
     
  6. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens aren't such a big deal to look after,* and it's summer vacation... would a neighbor kid be willing to help out?

    *Maybe just for me, the girl with the huge zoo... my chickens are my easiest critters!
     
  7. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    really, chickens are no harder to take care of then a cat... so if someone was willing to water and feed then at least once as day you'll know they're never going too long without someone checking in on them. My friend's away and she lets her chickens be so I check them once a day and collect the eggs... so far nothing has happened... but there is always a chance
     
  8. donnavee

    donnavee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto what everyone else said. We have left our flock alone for 1 day and they did fine, but that's it. Seven days is just way too long.
     
  9. Pollitos Mami

    Pollitos Mami Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your quick responses!!! But yikes, I think it best I call my sister and tell her we can't be in her wedding. I don't live in the United States and frankly I don't know my neighbors. I just made 2 automatic feeders that can't be tipped and food can't be scratched out. Plus I have a waterer with a nipple. But your responses sound like I should skip it because anything can happen. Oh well. Thank You again!!!
     
  10. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best to do what you can to find someone. Bad idea to leave them. 7 Days is a long time without care.
     

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