So this weekend, my family and I are going camping and I have a small flock of chickens (1 rooster, 1 Bantam hen, and 3 month-old chicks that are just recovering from a cocci outbreak). There is absolutely no one nearby who could (or would) care for the chickens while we are gone...Just punky, trouble-making teenagers and strangers who I would NEVER trust to care for my chickens. The chickens would need to be let out every morning, have feed given to them with a little water added to it to make it mushy (that's how they like it, anyway ), some socializing time spent with them (Ivory, my baby house-trained rooster, loves it when I take him out and let him walk around and I spoil him with treats and let him sit on my lap, even if he poops everywhere! ), snacks given to them throughout the day, and then put back in at night (make sure ALL of them are in the coop!) and the whole coop needs to be shut up for the night with the light on and feed/water has to be put inside in case they want a snack during the night or in case it rains so the extra leftover feed doesn't get wet and moldy. It's a certain schedule that I go by for them that only I or someone else who knows my chickens (such as my parents, who care for them occasionally when I go somewhere) goes by and some stranger who doesn't properly know how to care for chickens (a.k.a everyone who lives nearby), I can't trust them to take care of my chickens without worrying that something will go wrong. And I don't want to go out and buy a new set of larger, longer-lasting feeders/waterers for them because after reading a thread about someone who left their chickens for 3 days with an automatic feeder/waterer and came back and they were all dead...That made me never ever want to leave my chickens for more than a day without a trusted person to care for them...Even if they have an auto-waterer/feeder, something can go wrong anytime and I just don't want to take that risk! Soooo.....What should I do?? My only other option is to bring all the chickens (which is easy to because it's a small flock) on an hour-long car ride to my dad's house. He has a small extra coop and he has other chickens, so think he would let me bring them there with their feed and water and everything just so I have someone who I can trust to take care of them. What do you think? Is there anything else I can do for them? Thanks!