I am getting my first chicks in the first week in April and we're going on an 8-day vacation at the end of April to my cousin's wedding. We've decided to take the chicks with us because I'm afraid that any pet-sitters we hire won't handle them enough or wouldn't know how to deal with a sticky chick bum or some other emergency. And no, I cannot believe we're taking chicks to the wedding.... So... anyone have any advice for me about traveling and vacationing with chicks? LOL. Can they go without food and water for the 5-hour drive? I don't want to put it in their carrier because I'm afraid it'd fall over in the car. I think we'll be using a tupperware container for the brooder so we'll put them in the car with our two boys and our German Shepherd (who'll be in the very back). The wedding is on a beautiful island off the coast of FL so I'm sure we'll look like the Clampetts when we show up with a box of chickens and a big hairy dog. LOL. When we get to the cottage where we'll be staying, we'll put a baby gate up to the kitchen and keep them in there while we're home and lock them in the bathroom away from the dog while we're gone. How much food should I bring? They'll be on starter then... and how many pine shavings bags will we need to stash in the car? I'm very nervous about traveling with these little girls, but I can't leave them alone with a once-a-day pet-sitter when they're this young. They'll only be about 4 weeks old when we leave. (I'm assuming our local mom and pop feed store is getting newbie chicks so I assume they'll only be a few days old when we get them). I'm open to any and all advice - and ridicule too - LOL. I do realize how insane this is. I'm lucky to have a supportive hubby who no longer bats an eye at my insane schemes. ETA: If you've got pictures of your 4-week to 5-week old chicks, I'd love to see them so I know how big they'll be at this age.