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Going on Vacation? Caring for Poultry While You're Away

| 8/13/2018 9:10:00 AM


A reader of my blog asks: How can you have backyard chickens when you are gone? We go to Norway to visit my family for about 2 weeks every year. Is there someway to deal with that?

Let me just tell you how wonderful it must be to be able to travel to Norway every year. I am so jealous! My passport is a long-lost relic of my traveling days after I graduated high school. I was able to visit Paris, Madrid, and Barcelona when I was 18, and I wish I had more time to travel now that my children are a little older.

Reader, I hope that your jet-setting ways haven’t discouraged you from getting chickens because it is possible to have backyard birds and have the ability to adventure away from the homestead.

Feeders and Waterers

If you are planning a short trip, a weekender, perhaps, then your poutry should be fine with a large-volume feeder and waterer. I do not recommend these for everyday use, but they work perfectly for those times when you are unable to do daily chores.

I Googled high-capacity poultry feeders, and a ton of ideas popped up that are inexpensive, so you don’t have to spend a fortune before you even leave your property. My father-in-law cut four-inch-diameter holes in an old plastic shopvac canister and made a wooden lid for us a few years ago, and it worked great to feed our layers.

10/8/2018 8:06:37 PM

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8/22/2018 8:18:50 AM

Dear Corinne- Thanks a ton for this writeup; its really useful. You mention "It is when eggs are washed, removing the natural protective coating, that they must be refrigerated" Could you please give some more information about this topic. Maybe sharing some weblinks on this topic will suffice. Its a great info to be shared with my customers. Warm Regards

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