Paying a house/flock/animal/plant sitter

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TarheelBirdy, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. TarheelBirdy

    TarheelBirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    We are planning a four day weekend away in the next few months. When we go will depend on the availability of a sitter-of-all-trades. In our case, it is a young woman we know well (she is the daughter of a good friend). She is 20, and has just started a career which she works 8-5. She grew up on a farm.

    We need her to water and feed our 4 horses, check up on our birds (which I will be able to stock up on food/water for the entire time we are gone, but will let her know how to feed/water just in case), watch the chicks (!!!), water garden seedlings daily, and feed the pig and the cat. I will also have a batch in the bator she will need to keep an eye on.

    I planned on filling up her gas tank, since our place will add a bit of mileage to her usual budget. I also planned to leave her and her boyfriend lasagne and wine, hoping she will actually enjoy her time at our place. Above and beyond this, what should I pay her?
  2. dianehodges

    dianehodges Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2010
    I was away 7 days, have a dog 3 cats and 12 chickens I paid $40 a day and she stayed at my house most of the time, closer to her job Did not provide any meals, etc
  3. Presidential

    Presidential Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 7, 2012
    We pay $400 for the week for our house/hobby farm sitter. Wrks out to something like $57/day. Quite a deal, from my point of view! The ability to relax while away is priceless. She is pleased to have the cash and I am pleased to know my animals will have exceptional care!

    "Hoping she will actually enjoy her time at our place"
    If she does - that is just a bonus for her. Keep in mind this IS a job for her, you expect certain things and managing your farm is a responsibility. Compensate her well! Taking care of your farm is no small favor.
  4. TarheelBirdy

    TarheelBirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the input! This was along the lines of what I was thinking. I didn't want to insult her by going too low. This is helpful.

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