What does a person do when they must go out of town and have no family or friends who want to watch their chickens? We have been talking about going to the beach for a 3 day weekend, but I am stumped as to what to do about our chickens. I really don't want to trouble any of my family members with taking care of them because none of them are animal people and I know it would be a hassle for them. They have never asked us to pet or house sit. Most of them aren't very close by either. Our feeder lasts more than 3 days and the water usually lasts that long, but they would still need someone to look in on them. Then I have three brooders of different sized chicks that need to be checked on at least twice a day because they can go through feed like you wouldn't believe. We talked about hiring a pet sitter but I worry about what the would do if one of our hens got out (they all race to the pen door any time you go out there and try their darndest to get out....our dog is a known chicken killer so any escapees are lunch)....and I really I am not sure I like the idea of strangers in my house anyway (where the chicks are...only other house pet we have is a cat and she can easily go 3 days without anyone checking on her as long as we put out extra food and water bowls.). Am I destined to never vacation again because I am now a "chicken person"?