Chicks and holidays

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kevino
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Chicks and holidays

Post: # 226625Post kevino
Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:28 pm

Would really love to keep chickens but OH insists it no viable for us as we are away a lot at weekends and for hols etc. How do you cope with holidays?

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Re: Chicks and holidays

Post: # 226628Post southeast-isher
Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:31 pm

Are you near Helston?

http://www.thechickenhotel.co.uk/

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Re: Chicks and holidays

Post: # 226630Post kevino
Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:44 pm

No unfortunately am in North Essex

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Re: Chicks and holidays

Post: # 226633Post sarahkeast
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:03 pm

I have a fantastic neighbour who [with help of grand daughters] will feed them if I am away, and if I am home too they love to visit. Deal is they get any eggs they collect.

If I am just going to be away overnite I just leave extra food out. I am lucky I dont have to shut them in overnite, so this works fine.
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Re: Chicks and holidays

Post: # 226637Post kevino
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:53 pm

Unfortunately know the neighbours to say hello when I se them at weekends but leave home at 6am and dont return till 8pm obviously will have to get to know them and introduce the idea of eggs

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Re: Chicks and holidays

Post: # 226797Post Thomzo
Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:23 pm

Hi
I have a large shed for my girls so they can stay safely inside if I'm not around to let them out. I have a big feeder (a large food bucket with holes in the side so they can just help themselves). It lasts about 4 days.

I have a large water dispenser. It lasts about a week.

In theory I can leave my girls for three to four days. I don't need to though as loads of neighbours or friends offer to look after them if they can keep the eggs.

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Re: Chicks and holidays

Post: # 226803Post bonniethomas06
Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:48 pm

Hi there,

We have left ours for three days at a time in the past. We have automatic light sensitive door openers (the best £100 I ever spent) and large food/water hoppers, enough to last for more than 3 days easily. We also have an electric fence.

As above, I do have neighbours who pop over occasionally to take the eggs and just check everyone is OK, but I would be OK with leaving them now and again, even without this help.

Just keep wearing OH down...they crack eventually. Worked for me anyway, and now he loves them!
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