Taking A Vacation-Who Watches the Flock?


There comes a time in every backyard chicken keeper's life when you will take a vacation.  It might be just overnight or it might be for a week or longer.  Whatever the length, it can provoke some anxiety.  The first time I left my chickens with the chicken sitter, they were about six months of age.  My heart felt like a parent leaving a child home with the babysitter for the first time. Of course I worried.  Would they be well cared for?  Would they remember to harvest the eggs?  Would predators know we were not home?  What if one became ill?  With some thought, planning and preparation, your flock should do just fine. Most people will want to watch your chickens for the eggs alone.  As you know, there is nothing like a freshly laid egg.

Your chicken sitter should:

Live Nearby

Enjoy backyard chickens

Be Responsible

Chicken sitting for a flock is also a wonderful way for someone who is thinking about getting chickens to experience keeping chickens without the full commitment.

Melissa Caughey
11/26/2012 11:50:15 PM

Dave you are the best! I so enjoy reading your comments. I hope you had a wonderful day as well and wish you the merriest of holidays.

10/30/2012 12:55:54 AM

Melissa, I can tell that your chickens are well cared for. It's always a concern to find good care givers for the animals on a homestead when travel is required. Even household pets are an issue when leave town for a couple days. I now have no animals other than the wild kind. It has made life much easier for my retired travels. I can't say that I've ever had chicken pets but almost every other kind of pet has at one time or another been a part of the family. Have a great vacation and return home day. There's really no place like home.

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