It may seem like an odd question, but one worth discussing nonetheless. Especially with summer coming up and you want to leave for say, a 3 day weekend. You could leave your flock unattended if you needed to. (Like teenagers, you probably wouldn’t want to leave them unattended too long tempting a coop uprising!) However, if you do need to be gone a little longer than usual, there are definitely some things you need to check off your list first.
- They need to have plenty of food and water for your away time. You also have to make sure they can’t spill any of it.
- PROTECTION! They need protection from the elements but equally important, protection from predators.
Technically, as long as you have them set up well, you could leave them for a short extended period. But, it would be a great idea to have a neighbor or friend check in on the flock while you’re gone. They can do a quick check on water, food, shelter, or any emergencies that may have come up. And hey, they may as well gather up any laid eggs while they’re at it!
You’ll always get bonus points if you set up your feathered besties with coop toys to keep them occupied and entertained. There’s a few more things to consider if you find you need to leave the flock unattended a bit. Check out this article for some great tips!