Vacation for 7 days - Coop unattended but safe

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lola's Dad, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Lola's Dad

    Lola's Dad New Egg

    Mar 23, 2011
    My year old hen (a loner) is happy and healthy and consistently lays an egg a day, in her 20" x 20" x 20" room which is attached to her 3' x 5' coop. Every morning, we open up her coop and she's free to roam a large fenced and safe area. She sleeps inside her 20" cube shaped room. In the morning, we open the lid on her room, take out her one egg and scoop out the feces she's left in there over night. We keep about 1-2" of wood shavings in her room for comfort; that's where she sleeps and lays her egg(s). Question; If we go away for a week, I've designed and built a great set-up for automatic watering and feeding so no problem there, however, is it OK to allow 7 eggs, plus feces, to accumulate in this small room where she sleeps ? What do you think will happen ? After a few eggs and some poop, might she choose to sleep in the main part of the coop ? If so, I can put down some wood shavings there too. Ideas ???? Thanks. Steve
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    I think 7 eggs and a week's worth of poop would not be a big deal, although you might come home to a broody chicken. [​IMG] I would have someone come and check on her at least once if possible, to make sure there weren't any malfunctions in the feeding/watering system.

    Oh, and she definitely needs a friend! Chickens don't like being alone. [​IMG]
  3. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    WELCOME! to BYC!!!

    Is there anyone who could at least check in even if they were expected to completely clean up?

  4. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]


  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. I had a loner hen once and she was as happy as could be...had her own small pen, small coop about the same size as yours. I agree that someone should check on her at least once, especially the feeding and watering system. Better safe than sorry.
  6. what's kickin' chicken

    what's kickin' chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    [​IMG] Hi [​IMG] -- just like everyone else I think if you have someone check in on her ... she'll be fine ..I would put extra shavings down,in case she does change where she sleeps and it will make clean up easier when you get back... have fun on vacation ... [​IMG]
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. I agree, she should be fine, but it would be better if someone checked in on her, just in case. Hope you have a great time on you vacation [​IMG]
  8. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
    i think she would be ok.. but I would toss the eggs.... never know how high the temps will get and to loose a weeks worth of eggs from one hen is ok.. i would not to risk anyones health for a $1 worth of eggs
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Good advice given. [​IMG]
  10. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Previously Barred Babies Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!

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