Looking for people who've used chickensitters (paid or unpaid)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by patandchickens, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I'm putting together a short article on having your chickens taken care of by someone else while you're away.

    If you've had either good or bad experiences with having someone else take care of your flock, and if you'd be willing to answer a few questions and be quoted publicly on the subject [​IMG] (can be identified by just your first name and state), please PM me [​IMG]


    Last edited: Mar 6, 2008
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

  3. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    You can ask me, Ive had a friend chicken sit for me and me for him. ...........Thanks............ed..................Portland, IN.
  4. mario2girls

    mario2girls Songster

    Sep 5, 2007
    we have also had chicken sitters,,,
    also, have asked a pet sitting service if they would be interested in doing it,,havent gotten around to finding out how much that would cost,,,
    i have to laugh,,,my list i left for sitter was almost longer than the ones i left for kids babysitters...
  5. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Songster

    Jan 1, 2008
    My girlfriend does it, around here they ask $10.00 for each trip to the house to feed or check on them.
  6. bjcoop

    bjcoop Songster

    Mar 22, 2007
    Western New York
    I had a chicken sitter last year. Thought there would be no trouble, but came home to hens with zero water and food. [​IMG]
    Won't do that again.
    16 spoilt chickens, 1 13yo rescue chicken-hound (whose really starting to show her age) dd [​IMG] dh
  7. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    I've always had my best friend stay at my place when we've gone away. Never had a problem, & his only request is to make sure I have a spare keg on hand for the beer tap in case it runs dry. I leave a detailed list of what he needs to do & alway's go over it with him before we depart.
  8. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    I had everything set up for my chickens when we went away at Christmas so that nobody would need to do anything for them. My husband's stepmother was puppysitting and feeding our grown dogs at our house. Let's just say she doesn't listen too well...ever. I took 4 cans of food and a 7lb bag of dry food when we dropped the puppy off, and told her the puppy ate half a can and 2.5 cups of food twice a day. When we got back she said we should probably feed her when we got back to our house because she had run out of cans and so hadn't fed her. Then she handed me the unopened 7lb bag back. The poor puppy had had half a can twice a day, and not the 5 cups of dry food with it. When I got to the chicken coop (which I told her didn't need touching), I found she'd fed them 50lbs of scratch in 4 days. She'd also tidied and reorganised it. She said she couldn't find the food for them since that had run out. They had a 20lb feeder still half full in the corner [​IMG]
  9. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    I am a paid animal sitter. Horses, cattle, cats, dogs, birds. You name it, I have taken care of it. Gena:)
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I tell my little brother, to change the water and fill the feed every day. Pick up eggs and close the door.... sometimes I get home on weekends and find that he gets lazy and change the water turned into add water.... Luckily they only go 5 days without me at a time.

    Edit: His payment is... well... nothing.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2008

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