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Vacation lockdown?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by aassbb, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. aassbb

    aassbb Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2015
    Hi there- my five hens roam around during the day in a 1200 sf pen (keeps dogs but not possums/coons out). At night they are locked in a very secure 100 sf coop/run. The latter is in a slab and has a roof and partial walls, sufficient protection from most south Florida elements.

    I'm going out of town for a few weeks. Have a person coming to feed and water all the beasties, but only once daily. Was going to get an automatic door opener to let them in/out, but would feel a lot safer if they were just locked in the whole time. Recent possum sightings and dog won't be around.

    My question- will they go bonkers if locked in for that long? According to "the math" they have enough space inside, but it's not what they are used to.

    Thanks in advance for your input!!'
  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you able to try this for awhile before you go away and see how they handle it?
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  3. hayley3

    hayley3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    Their lives are more important than their sanity. lol I'd leave them locked up. Get them one of those blocks of seeds to keep them entertained.
    But that sounds like plenty of room for 5 hens anyway.
  4. aassbb

    aassbb Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2015
    Thanks for the replies. No time to test things out, agreed life > important than sanity :)

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