How Do You Take a Vacation When You Have Chickens? Leaving your chickens at home while on vacation can be a little daunting and worrisome.
How Do You Take a Vacation When You Have Chickens?
This means you’ll 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 other animals to successfully deter many predators.
Another option that many commenters say that they do is to make or buy an automatic water and feeders.
Having an automatic door on the coop would be a great way to make sure that the chickens are locked in a night.
The only thing I would worry about is that sometimes raccoons like to come around at dusk and the chickens runoff. Having a timer on the door, some of the chickens might get locked out…
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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 at night, they could care for the chickens while you’re 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 for 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 don’t 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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