How to Farm Sit & Make Some Cash
If you’ve never lived on a farm, this term may sound weird. But for those of us with livestock, having a reliable farm sitter can help preserve your sanity. Homesteaders wouldn’t be able to vacation and keep animals if no one can take over the chores.
Whether you just want to exchange farm sitting duties with friends or you wish to start a farm sitting side hustle, there are a few things to keep in mind. Let’s take a look at the most important considerations!
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Farm Sitting Instructions
If you are farm sitting, make sure that the owners leave a list of everything you need to do while they are away. And if you go on vacation, leave detailed instructions for your farm sitter. It’s also a very good idea to go through the chores once, maybe twice if you are new to this. It gives you a chance to ask questions and become familiar with new animals.
Some important information to include on instruction sheets:
- Cell phone # and the # where owners are staying
- Phone # of a back up person, just in case
- Vet’s phone #, just in case
- Morning and evening instructions for each animal or group of livestock, including amount of food, how often to milk dairy animals, collect eggs, check water, etc.
- Security codes, if necessary
- Any extra instructions, such as picking up mail, turning on outside light, watering garden, caring for pets, medications, etc.
- Dates and times owners are leaving and returning. Be sure to get this info ahead of time to make sure you know when to begin. Try to keep a day free after the owners return, just in case there is a delay.
Farm Sitting Extras
Be sure to bring your cell phone and the owner’s and veterinarian’s phone number to the farm every time you’re there. Emergencies do happen!
It’s always nice to give or receive a little farm-sitting swag!
You might be able to advertise your services as a chicken sitter or farm sitter on Craigslist. If so, be very careful about who you work for. It’s advisable to check references and make sure that they’re trustworthy. Determine a reasonable fee for your services, including gas to get there. You might even keep the eggs or milk you collect.
Be sure you don’t take on more than you can handle in your free time. A full-blown dairy operation or large farm is likely to be a bigger challenge that one person can take on. Be sure you know what you are getting into well ahead of time. You don’t want to bow out at the last minute leaving your farmer with no one to care for his or her animals.
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