So finally I order chicks to arrive 9/20. Then I find out we have to be out of town for 4 days around October 17. If I leave plenty of food and water and they are in a secure coop with a heatlamp, can we leave them alone for 4 days? By that time I would imagine that they would have the run of most of the coop (perhaps I would block off the most remote corners) and I would hang a source of heat in one corner so that they have it if they need, but can get away from it too. I was thinking putting up a bucket of water with nipples so that water wouldn't be a problem and feed for at least 5 days, in different places in the coop. Will this work? I do not have easy access to someone who could check up on them, although I could try ask the neighbors at one side. We just moved into this place and haven't made much contact with neighbors yet and are new to the area so no network of friends either.