HuskerHens18

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I've always known that owning animals is responsiblity, going on vacation is nearly impossible. And I've fully accepted that.

Unfortunately, my uncle, the only uncle I have left, is dying. He lives down in Lousiana, and me in Nebraska. He's got no one down there with him, he lives alone and in a small camper. He's unable to walk and cant care for himself or the place. This has been going on since September. I agreed to spend his last Christmas with him and bring a trailer to help him clean up the place. I planned for at least a 2 week stay. I had someone willing to care for the chickens and other pets until now. I think I have someone willing to do it, but they'll only be able to come out 3 to 4 times a week due to their own health problems!
I can put 200lbs of feed per coop, which I would hope lasts long enough. The issue is water. I can only run one extension cord per coop, and my waterers are only 5 gallon. We are reaching below freezing temps at night, or close to. Does anyone have any ideas how to keep a lot of water available that wont freeze? I have single water heaters, but my chickens can empty it in 30 hours, I have about 18 birds per coop. I dont want them without water longer than half a day, that's just cruel. Are there any homemade waterers that can be heated and hold a lot of water? That can be made fairly cheap and filled easily.. I'm pretty much asking for a miracle. Feed and water are the only things I'm asking of this person, but is there anything else that should be done to prepare my birds for minimum care? I feel so bad asking such a thing, I never would have done this if I didn't have to. Last time I was on vacation for 5 days, 4 birds died in someone else's care and I'm just paranoid I'm giving my birds a death sentence.
 

HuskerHens18

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Make sure you give the task to someone that has been around chickens before and has experience caring for them or other pets. Give them lists about what to do, and tell them to contact you or how to get on BYC if anything goes wrong. Good luck!
Unfortunately nobody owns chickens around here, so that is impossible. I'm the only chicken owner for a long ways. I always print out detailed instructions on what to do. I really trust this person, it's just her health limits how long she can be in the cold so my chickens will be left without care for several days at a time. Whereas I check on them twice a day. Thank you! :D
 

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I'm sorry to hear of your uncle, that sure puts a lot of stress on you.

Have you checked with anyone on your state thread to see if anyone is close to you that could help? Here's a link to get there if you need it:
Nebraska

Hope things go well for you!
 

HuskerHens18

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So sorry about you uncle! :hugs Good luck! :)
Thank you :hugsHe is a lonely man, but he never liked Nebraska so he just left everyone and has lived alone for 20+ years. I actually have only met him once because of it, but he has cared for me like a daughter. He bought me my first school computer and microscope for studying. I love him so much.
 

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