Would it be ok to leave my chickens locked in the coop for 3 days?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Iansmommy, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. Iansmommy

    Iansmommy In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2008
    Our 16 chicken are 11.5 weeks old. We are leaving in a few weeks to go on vacation for 3 days. Would it be ok to leave the chickens locked in the coop during that time as long as they have enough food and water or should I find someone to come let them out. Our coop in 12 X 8 and has 2 windows.

    I'm just afraid something will happen to them while we are gone if someone forgets to lock them back in the coop at night.


  2. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Do they fight? If not, they'll be fine.
  3. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Better take some temp readings at noon with the full contingent in the coop, at least, before you try it, I think.
  4. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Maybe because I seem to live Murphy's Law (trouble happens when least convenient), I always have checks on my critters - furry and feathered - twice daily when I have to be away...........
  5. Homegroanacres

    Homegroanacres Chillin w/the Ice in my Glass

    Apr 10, 2008
    Salem, Oregon
    Animals are a 24\\7 365 day commitment

    IMHO you have three choices

    Take them with you


    find someone you trust to take care of them


    Don't go

  6. I'd be worried sick and it would ruin my trip.
    Is there anyone with whom you could trade occasional animal care? We have a neighbour 2 properties down who needs dog care when he goes away and he used to keep chickens...win/win.
  7. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I would find someone reliable to watch them. I just wouldn't trust leaving them unsupervised. As I've found out, anything can happen. My chickens have knocked over waters and feeders with very little effort at all, hanging feeders have fallen and automatic waterers have sprung a leak. It just isn't worth the risk to me.

    We are going away for 4 days but my teenagers are taking care of mine and they know exactly what will happen to them if they do not take care of my girls properly! [​IMG]
  8. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Songster

    May 23, 2008
    as long as you have someone coming to check their food and water daily and the temperature doesn't go extreme in your coop, i'd say three days isn't too long for them to stay "cooped up". *shrug*

    i wouldn't leave them with no one to check on them at all, though.
  9. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    If they were my chickens I'd try and find someone to help out. The eggs can rot and it will get awfully hot in there even on cool days.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2008
  10. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Is there any ventilation in your coop? Can you check the temps before you have to do it?

    I personally wouldn't do it, but I suppose it *could* be doable.

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