Wow, some horror stories here....how people can agree to care for your animals and be paid, then not follow thru is beyond my understanding.
I guess we are lucky. I have 3 neighbors that are willing to care for my girls and plants. One neighbor has already done so and we were gone more than two weeks. The place was immaculate. However, I did install an automatic door between the coop and run, built a drop feeder that holds 40 lbs of feed or better and got nipple waters attached to a 5 gallon Igloo cooler. So basically all they had to do was come over, clean out the roosting coop and collect eggs. I tried to make it as easy for any of them as possible, and the added benefit is that it is also easier for me on a daily basis. I had even filled the cooler so he would not have to, but he did anyway. His wife loved bringing over her scraps and having them jump up for them. I have another neighbor that will be just as conscientious, the 3rd I'm not certain about. But I share my eggs with them all so they are more than happy to help out.
My one neighbor complains he never gets to hear them. We are a rural town, but I am still IN town with close neighbors.
I have since totally rebuilt my roosting coop and run so you can actually STAND UP in it and the new coop has a swing out front door that gives total access to the roosting area and is super easy to scoop clean. The run has a dutch door so you only have to open the top half to throw in scraps, greens, whatever and not have them get out. So now it is even easier for my neighbors and me.
I am thankful for good neighbors.....