Hello All, I am brand new here. I have been browsing for a few weeks and reading all of the articles and blogs from everyone. Lots of great information. Thank you! For the last few months I have been contemplating a few chickens. I only want about 2-3 (a very small flock I know). But their purpose for me would be just to supply my wife and I with fresh eggs when we want them. Here is my dilemma, I want this to be as easy maintenance as possible. I hope that doesn't sound as if I am being lazy, as that is not the case. I travel quite often throughout the year to visit my parents in a neighboring state. The chickens would have to be able to survive a weekend or even a week on their own. I have seen lots of designs for feeders and water-ers that would certainly last a few chickens during that time frame. Is it naive for me to think this is possible? If so, please shoot it to me straight. I am certainly not in the business of neglecting any animal and I would rather get the info now before deciding to give this a try. When I am home (which is the majority of the time) I have no problem with tending to them daily. Thanks for any help and advice I do appreciate it.