Drop Off & Pickup
When dropping off your chooks, please bring them in a suitable container – either a cardboard box with breathing holes or pet carrier – and we can keep that here for you whilst you’re away. As a guide, a suitable container is one in which a hen can stand up, turn around and sit back down in, and has ventilation on at least two sides, but also in the ceiling. Chickens can’t sweat and will soon overheat in a covered box.
Dropping off times can be arranged when you book, or nearer the collection date if easier. Assuming you left your carriers with us, if you give us a call before you’re leaving to pick them up, we can have them ready and sat in their boxes for when you arrive.
If you aren’t likely to make the agreed time for dropping off or picking up, please call in advance to make sure someone is around to help you out once you do arrive.
Please do check your pets very carefully before bringing them for their boarding holiday – we are very sorry but out of consideration for all the chickens and ducks to come after them, and our own, we can’t accept poorly birds due to the possibility of cross-contamination. We ask that you treat your chickens with a mite powder and both chickens and ducks with a wormer before their holiday. If you have any particular issues with any of your ladies, please do visit a vet first, to save disappointment on the day if we have to turn them away. Typical problems are respiratory issues, gasping for air, runny noses, lice, mites and signs of scaly leg mite. To save you some hassle, we can worm your animals for you whilst you’re away. It’s a seven day course of Flubenvet given via layers pellets, but if their stay is shorter, we can give you the remainder of the medicated feed to take home with you. A bag suitable for 10 birds will cost £15, this is the smallest quantity we can provide as it would be bought in especially for you.
If one of your ladies becomes ill whilst staying at Merrybower Homestead, we will take her to our vets just two miles away, unless you have specifically asked us not to or you have given us your preferred vet’s details within a 10-mile radius. All vet’s bills will be added to our costs, but we will attempt to keep you informed before doing anything, unless it’s an emergency. If we discover a bird has something that may be contagious whilst staying with us, we reserve the right to consult a vet and/or treat them ourselves and charge accordingly.
Weird Stuff (It Happens!)
If you are delayed and can’t make it back for the agreed time to pick your ladies up, we’ll do our best to keep them comfy, although they may need to change coops if theirs is already booked. If, for some bizarre reason, we never hear from you again, after seven days we will assume you’ve had enough of chicken keeping and we will become their new human slaves!