My husband is afraid that we shall never go on vacation again! We live in a rural area. My in-laws are close by, but they cannot come down due to their free ranging dogs who would come with them (and do not listen to their owners). Plus, they are older and have no interest in my newest venture. I am wanting to make sure all is set up when the time comes so that we could have someone check on them once per day. I am getting a new coop and will install an automatic door which should help? I have what I consider a small flock: 4 chickens and 4 ducklings. We have no neighbor kids that I know of. I am thinking of asking the local 4-h poultry club for recommendations or give them my name and see if anyone is interested. Worse case scenario - we are gone for 5 days and no one can come and check on them. What would you do? We are not going on vacation for awhile, so I have time to come up with a plan.