Possible to have chickens that are only checked on once a week?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by namastemama, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. namastemama

    namastemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok bear with me, this sounds a bit crazy, but we are looking at buying a property that is 3 hours away from where we currently live. We would not be living there for a while because we would need to remodel the home that is already there. The property has 10 acres compared to our tiny city lot. It would be far better for the chickens to live over there than here. is it possible to set them up so that we only checked on them on the weekends, or is this just crazy talk? Should I just wait until we move?
  2. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Eww....I think you are setting yourself up for a lot of heartache if you do that.
  3. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Quote:WAIT for many reasons...

    FIRST - Predators.... you won't know that you have a problem until the whole flock has been wiped out.

    Second - - Diseases . . birds hide sickness. When they finally show signs of sickness, they are pretty far gone. You won't be able to catch the early signs if you are only there once a week.

    Third - - personal enjoyment.... You will miss all the benefits of raising a backyard flock if you only see them once a week.

  4. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    South MS swamps
    Quote:Best advice possible.
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Wait. What is the point if you're not really there? They are domesticated critters that need attention on a more frequent basis.

    The best things in life are those worth waiting for.
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Definitely wait. No question for sure.
  7. namastemama

    namastemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thats what my intuition is, but i waned to see what you all thought. They would have more space and a better place. Right now its a moot point as I do not even have chickens right now, but I was trying to think out how things are going to work until we have live on the new property.
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Wait until you move. Potential problems outweigh the benefits.
  9. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have to check my birds at least once, preferably 2 times a day. They get themselves into trouble all the time. New predators show up. Waterers sometimes malfunction or tip over. Feed gets spoiled or tipped, egg eating could occur. Fights could happen, leaving someone unable to get to food, water or shelter. These are just the common things that I check for. All kinds of things go wrong with living animals. They are not goldfish.
  10. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    Ditto, WAIT!

    Animals require care and we tend ours twice a day (or more) The fact that you have asked shows you will do well when the time comes IMHO

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by