What not to do when you go on vacation....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Jay13, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Jay13

    Jay13 Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    Central NC
    We had to take a week long trip to my MIL to pick some stuff up so we hired the local neighbor kid to come tend the chickens, he is great with them and has always been reliable...

    Luckily no incidences with predators, he must have remembered to close them up each night, but they ran out of layer pellets. So he :::gulp::: filled the feeder with the oyster shell! I guess he thought it was chicken food. He then realized that they weren't eating it, they were just billing it out onto the floor. (Luckily they have an acre of orchard on which to free range)

    So, in the end he improvised had a friend pick up a bag of chicken feed at the store to fill the hopper (which normally holds 2 50# bags of food, I didn't realize how low the food had gotten before we left). He called me to tell me what happened, I was 800 miles away, couldn't do much but reassure him.

    I came home and went to treat the chickens and they weren't interested in it at all! I wondered what the deal was so I checked the feeder, it was full of scratch! No wonder they didn't want anything else! they had stuffed themselves on the "good stuff!" Needless to say I went got a couple bags of the regular layer pellets they normally eat, scooped out the scratch and put them back on normal feed. They sulked for a day or so but :::shrugs::: oh well.

    Lessons learned: 1. Always have an extra bag of food on hand 2. Label in dark magic marker "Food" and "Treats" and "NOT Food" any bags of miscellaneous stuff in the food shed.
  2. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    You know what? I've gotten to the point that as long as the chickens are alive when I get back from vacation, I'm happy... [​IMG]

    Trying to get someone to show up at your house at daybreak and dusk but not too early or late and to put out fresh food and water and collect eggs, especially when they're not familiar with chicken care is alot to ask of someone other than family and even then, no one will care for your birds as well as you.

    I just try to enjoy the vacations and don't sweat the small particulars...

    It seems like your chickens had a vacation too with that wonderful buffet of scratch! [​IMG]
  3. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2009
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Yep, had to mark the bins for goat feed and chicken feed when we went on vacation.
    The bins and the food looked almost identical. The chickens would have loved a chance at all the goat food they could consume, but I'm not sure the goat would have appreciated it.
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    I guess your chickens DID have their own vacation! [​IMG]
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    My husband and I went away for 3 days and asked a friend to collect the eggs while we were gone. He collected them the first day only and left the nest box door opened. The chickens were out of the coop and their yard for two days. They didn't get into the gardens but did get into the compost piles and spread them out. I found eggs in the coop on the floor. They never do that when I'm home. They lay in their nest boxes. There are pictures on my BYC Page.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2009
  7. My friend uses a timed deer feeder to feed his chickens. He swears by it.
  8. Gezzz, we have so many animals that we have to take separate vacations.

    We can not trust anyone with the minis and the corgi is getting so old now that I think she would die from loneliness.

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    What's a vacation?
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Vacation? Never had one of those. No one has ever cared for my chickens but us.

    ***anyway, I'd rather be here on my mtn with my birds than anywhere else I can think of.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: