Think they will be OK alone?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tim in Pa., Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Tim in Pa.

    Tim in Pa. In the Brooder

    May 21, 2008
    SW Pa.
    Well My order of chicks is going to be here on the 25th (3 and a half weeks late unfortunately:() and we are scheduled to go on holiday on July 4 for 6 days and to make matters worse the person we had arrangements to watch the chicks cant do it now! They will only be at most 2 weeks old when we leave them Do you think If I put them in my small temporary coop with a light and 2 waterers(4 liters total) and 2 auto gravity feeders that they will be alright ? the coop is predator proof except maybe for a snake which we dont have very many? Hate to have to leave but holiday plans are reserved already? What to do what to do?????
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    I wouldn't.

    I would hire and train someone to be with them, preferably someone with experience.. Try contacting 4-H groups, an avian vets office.......

    Sorry they arrived late - something you couldn't have anticipated....[​IMG]
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I wouldn't either. You may come back to dead chicks.
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    :eek: Oh no, what a mess up!!!

    Anything could happen while you're gone, power out, waterers fall over or chicks fall in! For that long - 6 days, I wouldn't leave them alone.

    Place an ad on Craigslist or something if need be, to find someone to help take care of them.
  5. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Sorry , BUT I have a hard time going 2 blocks to walmart and leave my chickens .

    Anything can happen to babies

    I went outside to feed and water mine one saturday morning , and I needed to use the bathroom , rushed inside , and was only gone maybe 10 minutes , so did not bother to lock the cages and I came back and neighbor boys had already stolen 6 of my chicks .

    I got all but 1 back , and I had 2 witness's that seen them in the yard , nad I managed to get them to escort me to their home . POLICE arrested the oldest .

    I know this is NOT what you needed to hear , but being honest as we all are in here . NO , I would NOT leave baby chicks for 6 days
    BUT , things unexpected can happen that quick .
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Gosh, you might even find someone from BYC close enough that you could drive the chicks to them to take care of for those 6 days......
    Check the Where are you forum and post something.....

    Good Luck!
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    As soon as I got chicks I marched over to my chicken-owning neighbors' house & offered to swap chicken-sitting duties. They jumped on my offer because they're going out of town in July. I'll call in the favor the next time I have a vacation or weekend away.

    They also loaned us a chick feeder & waterer... arean't good neighbors awesome?!?
  8. buckbeak

    buckbeak Songster

    May 27, 2007
    Morgantown, PA
    Where are you located? Maybe someone here is close enough to help out. We're in Morgantown- how close are you?
  9. Chicken_Lover4567

    Chicken_Lover4567 Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Central Texas
    I'm not anywhere near you, but I really wish I could help. You should place an ad in your local newspaper, and stuff like that. Got any family not going on vacation???? *JUST DON"T LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!!*
  10. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Songster

    May 26, 2007
    Gosh....too bad you are so far away, I totally feel for you here. I use to stress about what I was going to do until we found one to look after our own....It is frustrating.... but with chicks that small, really anything can happen and usually everything does! [​IMG]
    If it were overnight I'd do it ....but for 6 days.... [​IMG] That is a LONG time to leave baby chciks without someone checking on them. In that time they are bound to need assistance somewhere.... food, water etc....

    Try a neighbors child, maybe they'd like to make a couple bucks checking in on some chicks over the six days.... $$$ always a big motivator for teens.... [​IMG] I guess for anyone in that case if you were not able to find a helping hand.....
    GOOD Luck!!!

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