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Looking to Hire: Goat and Chicken Sitter

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Dasha smile

Thank you to everyone who replied to the request for chicken and goat sitting. We got an incredible response from the community. It’s so wonderful to know that so many people have an interest in caring for urban livestock. The position we posted for has been filled.

However, I teach backyard chicken and goat classes for Denver Botanic Gardens, and I know that there are a lot of people in the Denver area who keep these animals. Which means, of course, a big demand for goat- and chicken-sitting. I’d like to put together a livestock-sitting resource list for my website, so that others who have these animals can find help when they need it.

If you’re interested, please send me the information requested below. You’d be free to accept or reject whatever jobs you choose, and it would be up to you to negotiate the terms/rates with the person who is hiring you. If you’d like to participate, please send the following to :

  • First name and last initial
  • Email address you’d like to use
  • General part of the Denver area that you live in (NW, NE, SW, SE)
  • Specific neighborhood you live in
  • Short description of your experience with livestock (if any) and why you want to help


NW Denver family looking for a goat and chicken sitter for 2 to 7 day periods throughout the year.

Responsibilities will include:
Morning: Let the chickens out of their coop, provide food and water for the animals.
Evening: Secure the chickens in their coop, collect eggs, provide food and water for the animals.
*Milking needs to be done once a day. It can be planned for either the morning or evening visit, depending on the goats’ schedule and the needs of the animal sitter.

Pay is $25 per day of animal sitting, plus all of the eggs and milk produced during that time. We will provide as many free milking lessons as you need to feel comfortable milking the goats. Applicants living in NW Denver are strongly preferred. Reliability is critical.

Please send the following information to :

  • Any experience working with livestock (not required, but good for us to know about)
  • Your location (major cross-streets)
  • Your general availability (any planned vacations or regular periods of unavailability)


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  1. Hi!

    Have you put together this list? We are going to be in need of a goat milker/ farm feeder for a few days about two weeks from now.


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