water & feed ideas needed for vacation

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by choopes, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. choopes

    choopes Chirping

    Nov 4, 2010
    my farm South Alabama
    It happens every year about this time, the wife wants to go visit relatives in Denver. I think I can leave enough feed and water for 2-3 days now. Is it even practical leave a flock unattended for 9 or 10 days? I have gone as long as 2 1/2 days. But the bigger problem is how dirty the water gets. I did the thing where I turn a 5 gal. bucket upside down in a larger shallow pan, but its so full of dirt and sand by the 3rd day. I have 2 1gal. water dispensers now.My feed dispensers are about the same size, but dispense a dry mixture of cracked corn and laying mash. I'm thinking both would need to be upgraded. Can anyone share a product that has helped solve this problem. or other ideas or suggestions? I wish I had a neighbor close by to call on, But I don't. I have 5 hens, 1 rooster, and a goose. My water dispensers are on a wood pallet, not on the ground.
  2. NightOwl3

    NightOwl3 In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2014
    I haven't gone on vacation and left my chickens for that long, but we did build this kind of a feeder this summer and we only have to fill it about once a week. We used a 3" pipe and its about 3.5 feet long for 6 hens. You could get a 4" pipe and make it longer so it holds more.

    The 5 gallon bucket with chicken water nipples might work for your watering problem if you are not in a climate that the water will freeze.

  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I would be more concerned about a problem arising and no one with chicken know-how to solve it while gone that long.
    Egg collection?
    Feeder/waterer failure?
    Behavioral issues/injuries...if space is not adequate for that long of a confinement.
  4. kishfsrm2000

    kishfsrm2000 In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2014
  5. kishfsrm2000

    kishfsrm2000 In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2014
    I use a hanging feeder to keep the poop out. Small feeder lasts 2 birds four days when full. I have seen some fairly large one at the feed store. I set up a rain barrel under the coop downspout with a pvc pipe into the coop and watering nipples. 55 gal lasts a long time even without rain. i check nipples every other day, just in case, but so far no problems in a month since installed.
  6. I use a bucket feeder and bucket waterer for my hens. Links to both are in my sig.

    I have 15 hens. I change their waterer once a week, but it's not empty when I change it. The feeder holds 25 lbs of feed and last about 2+ weeks. Both should work well for your 6 chickens, but the waterer would not work for your goose.

    Even if you do get the feed/water situation worked out, you still need someone to at least check in on them every day or so. Just in case something comes up.
  7. kishfsrm2000

    kishfsrm2000 In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2014
    You could install a coop cam to monitor the troops. Dropcam costs about $100.
  8. pdirt

    pdirt Songster

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    You might consider asking a friend or neighbor to collect eggs every other day or so and fill their feed and water. They get fresh eggs and you get your chickens cared for.

    A horizontal nipple bucket saves our lives. For 23 chickens, I refill the 5 gal bucket about once week. We also have a treadle feeder that holds about 30 lbs of feed, which lasts them about 8 days.

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