There are a number of reasons. This past december I got really sick and had a hard time taking care of them. I nearly ended up in the hospital. DW was sick too. Bronchitis again.
AND the Son and his family are now in Alaska. I haven't seen them in a few years. Didn't go to see them in Florida.
AND my daughter is in TX and the baby is getting big. I'd like to go see them. I could stay a few weeks. The cold is getting to me. Though these days it has been very nice.
Mario and Luigi were Black Orpingtons.
The Daisies are nice birds. I think they're more content to free range. Some breeds don't like to be confined. Right now they have no run to be kept in. They come into the garage and knock on the back door. I've found them on the step more than once. I think if I left the door open they'd come right in. I expect with the right amount of attention they'd make great pets. They're not a big breed but not bantam size either.
Anyhow having someone to take care of the chickens would be easier if I had less coops to tend.
Rancher, Sorry to hear you and your wife have had some health challenges. At least the weather has been mild this winter which could have made things even harder on you if it had been more typical. I hear it's supposed to get bitter cold towards the end of the week and into next. I am NOT looking forward to that. Below zero means I will be greasing up the girls' combs and wattles. There has been nothing close to frostbite weather here to deal with yet.
The marsh daisies are adorable. Very pretty color.
Stay well and I hope you can achieve a good balance between your chickens and your wish to travel and visit family. An Alaska trip would sure be a great adventure.