We're about to go on a long trip and leave the chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by The Red Rooster, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    We're going to NC. leaving the chickens is hard. Because they poop in the water, and the feed. Anyway to stop this?
  2. goldtopper

    goldtopper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Near Bert Blyleven
    Raise the water and feed containers so they have reach?
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Hopefully you have someone coming to take of them and change out the water everyday.
  4. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    The water doesn't need to be changed out every day if they can raise the waterer so the chickens don't poop in it. I change ours out every 3 or 4 days but I have read where some people here go a week.
  5. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    We hang the feeder and the water is on concrete blocks inside and hanging outside. They hang about the height of the chickens back and they stay clean except algae on the outside waterer. There are several hanging designs here in by pages. You can make them cheap and possibly free with old stuff lying around.
  6. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    I never change the waterers, I wait for them to go empty, then wash and refill them.
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Each to their own I guess.....I wouldn't want to drink stale water and I can't imagine the chickens enjoy it much either [​IMG]
  8. GA_in_GA

    GA_in_GA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2011
    Southwest Georgia
    As with any animal in my household, I had my pet sitter take on the chickens' care while we were traveling. Well worth the few dollars to have peace of mind that my girls were being cared for in my absence. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011
  9. RoosterRidge

    RoosterRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    Dry Fork, Va.
  10. Deedrahsue

    Deedrahsue Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2011
    Fresno, TX
    For trips we composed a water nipple system (like Hamsters use sort of) using PVC pipe attaching the red nipples to them, and a bucket that runs the water to it. You can find all kinds of stuff at Farmtek, or any place that supplies farm equipment really. I most recently had seen this water cup that is the size of a teaspoon and the water refills the little cuplet too, so those are ideas that my husband and I used to be able to make trips. Also before we used the nipple system we too simply lifted the water jug as your fellow BYC people suggested. If your going to keep chickens you will need to provide for the babies when your gone. Another suggestion, I paid my sons girlfriend to stay at me house, we do live far away so having someone drop by was sort of out of the question, but that depends on where you live. Good luck, happy vacationing [​IMG][​IMG]

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