When we first got chickens, I had to go out of town. I didn’t know what it was going to be like caring for them. I had so many questions! Do they need a sitter? How much care do they take? I started to search online. Everything I read said that you would need a “chicken sitter.” These articles made it seem like you need someone to be at your house 24/7! So how do you take a vacation when you have chickens?
Having someone around 24/7 is hardly affordable. Not to mention, what if you can’t find someone willing or experienced enough to do the job? The main thing you need someone to do is close & open the coop. Make sure they have plenty of food & water and collect eggs.
How Do You Take a Vacation When You Have Chickens?
This means you will need someone in the morning and around dusk. Unless, day predators are a huge risk factor for you. Although, if you read this post from The Chicken Chick, there really is nothing you, yourself, can do when a predator decides to nab one of your chickens. Many people use dogs and/or geese to successfully deter many predators.
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If you go on vacation and your spouse or another adult is still going to be at home in the mornings and a night, they could care for the chickens while you are gone. That’s what I did.
If you don’t have someone at home, ask a friend or family member if they would mind helping you out. It wouldn’t even take 15 minutes each time they come.
Another thing to think about is having a chicken run. It may be easier on you to go on vacation if the chickens are not free ranging throughout the day. I let my girls free range unless there is a big storm coming our way or if I know I will be away for most of the day.
So, in my opinion, you do not need someone watching the chickens all day long. Get someone to let the chickens out early in the morning, and have them check to make sure they have plenty of food and water, and collect eggs then, close up the coop at night. I hope this helps. Now, all you have to do is find someone willing to do this for you! That may be the hard part. Thanks for visiting!
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Here are a couple of their different styles to choose from. I have the Rhode Island Coop