Haitch and I have had a trip to Melbourne planned for a long time. Now it is upon us and we have been trying to decide what to do with the chickens.
Do we leave them to free range for five days and let them put themselves to bed each night. They always put themselves to bed if we are late home so I have no problems with them doing that. But when we are late home, we are still able to shut the run door so that nothing can get in at night while they are sleeping. But then I don’t think there are any night chicken predators in New Zealand except stoats or ferrets and I don’t think we have any of those around here. There are possums but I have never heard of possums attacking chickens.
If I let them free range while I am away, it means there is no one home in the evening to check that nothing has happened to them during the day. One could have got lost or hurt and there would be no one to help out.
I could always leave them locked up for five days but I feel mean doing that. But then as Haitch pointed out, they have been locked up for two weeks before and they survived. But then if they are locked up, they need their coop and run moving after two days or else the grass will be non existent. So I rang my daughter Aitch to talk it over. (She loves the chickens as much as I do so she is the perfect person to have this discussion with.)
Problem solved and I will have safe (but maybe not happy) chickens. Aitch will visit the chickens every two days to check on them, give them some treats and move the coop and run to give them new grass to scratch and peck in. I feel relieved and it means I won’t worry about them while I am away. Thanks Aitch.