Wasn't really sure where I should put this. Anyway- we are going out of town for 4 days (in about a month). My MIL is coming to house sit. Its not the first time she has done it but in the past year she has had 3 hand surgeries for trigger finger and a knee surgery for a meniscus tear (I think that is what it was for). Her knee is still hurting her and the doc thinks there may be an additional tear or injury that may require surgery as well. The surgery would happen after our trip. She is currently doing ok wearing a brace. She says she still plans on coming but I have doubts of whether or not she will be able to handle it alone. BIL will come spend a day with her. We were thinking to ask our neighbor kids for help. Our coop is a walk in, raised coop. The step up is high and I think it would be difficult even without a knee injury for MIL. SO we were thinking we would pay the kids (9, 13 and 14) to come over twice day to carry feed and water buckets for MIL. They would need to put the food in the coop and just carry and dump the water for at least the chickens. If the weather is still really cold they would need to carry a bucket of water to the ducks and geese twice a day too. MIL was thinking she would be able to use the water hose for them but I think it will still be too cold. So how much would you pay the kids? We're talking an hour total per day, the buckets are just under 2 gallons so a bit heavy. They would need to do 3 buckets of water a day and 2 buckets of food. MIL would be able to do the rest. And it would be nice if they played with the dog a bit but they really like him so playing with him I think will happen any way.