We've been working on a plan to enable us to semi-retire to a warmer climate. It is our desire to have farm animals as a part of our business plan. Here's the catch... We also want to be able to leave for week long trips if we need to. Our entire extended family will still be in NY and our parents are getting older... Even our kids will be in college in NY. We've figured out how to streamline most aspects of the day-to day operation to make them less labor intensive to allow us to not have to do everything on a daily basis, but there are some things that we cannot figure out. 1. goats or a small cow...milking issues. How do you find someone that you can trust to handle this chore when you don't really know anyone in the new town? I would love to incorporate a milking animal, but don't think that it would be fair to the cow or goat if we had to leave town without a backup plan. I could use a goat for brush clearing, too. 2. eggs... Who to trust to do the gathering? I've been thinking that if the eggs pile up, we could throw them out. However, what if a bunch of my hens decided to go broody because they finally have something to sit on in the nest? 3. I know that bantymum has a service that takes care of pets, but it would be a bit too far of a commute for her! Has anyone here ever just trusted a service and hoped for the best? I know that we will probably make friends in our new state, but what if it takes awhile?!?!