Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:29
Whilst this isn't strictly a gardening dilemma, there are plenty of forum members who keep poultry either in their gardens or on their allotments.
The allotment holder next to me keeps 6 Chickens .........not very well IMHO but that is by the by. On several occasions when going up to my allotment, I have noticed his Chickens are without water. On the first occasion, with no sign of the owner, I filled up the water container. When I next saw the guy, I mentioned that I had given his C's water and he thanked me. Trouble is, this is becoming more than a one off. I don't see the person very often but I do seem to end up having to give his birds water. Yesterday, they were pretty desperate for it and no sign of the owner.
My main worry is that I don't visit the allotment every day.....in fact recently with other projects to deal with, maybe not for 3 or 4 days.
So.......by giving the birds water when I see their drinker dry, am I giving the owner an easy "let out "...i.e. some other mug will see to it or should I bite the bullet and not water them in the hope that the rightful owner will twig that they need to get their act together ?
I've been in this predicament before where I have watered outside dogs when their owners can't be arsed but I am wondering whether it is the best solution ?
Wondered whether any of you had any particular thoughts on the matter ?