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Animal care while we are away

1196 Views 21 Replies 16 Participants Last post by  DixyDoodle
okay, I know this has been asked before, but I would like some help with ideas. We are going away for a week for Christmas and asked a neighbor kids to stop by and care for our animals, 6 sheep, 2 ducks, and some chickens. doesn't take much care, just letting chix out & throwing hay to sheep in morning and putting in chix and feeding all at night and of course water. he actually drives right by everyday as it is, so he doesn't have to go out of his way at all. I have no idea how much to pay him. I manage to do it all in about 30 minutes total. he can have all the eggs of course, although that i guess is more for his family. i just don't have any idea how much to pay him. :shrug:
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Just curious how you all work that out to a mere 2 trips per day for indoor dogs? That is a heck of a long time to expect a dog to "hold it". :( Maybe my dogs are spoiled, but mine go out at least FOUR times a day.

In Ontario, most sitters charge closer to $20 per trip (up to an hour). Anything less would hardly pay for the gas and travel (for out-of-towners). I've considered getting into farm sitting part-time, and that is generally $50-60 a day, depending on number of animals.
I did not mean my post to sound judgemental. Just saying that 2 times out a day for dogs equals waiting for 12 hours (assuming the caregiver will not be showing up late). That's a long time. My dogs can "hold it forever" too, I'm sure, but I would feel bad for making them. I certainly would not want to hold it that long. I don't cater to my dogs by letting them out 10 times a day, either. They go out maybe every 4 hours, except at night, when they go out at 9pm and again in the morning at 5am (8 hours). The most I have made them go without is 8 hours (if we are out of town for a part-day). I think that would be my limit for making them wait. I wouldn't want to ask more of them than that, but that's just me.
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