Ok....this is something I have been turning over in my mind. My neighbor just started selling eggs at a local farmers market. She also sells, soap, flowers, beef, lamb. They have a established sheep/cattle business. She has about 10 chickens at this time...no real chicken coop (she lost some to predators)...just a sectioned off part of her one barn. I have been into chickens since 2003 and last year started hatching eggs from good stock of two breeds...with the intention of selling chicks and hatching eggs. Halfway through the summer (after I purchased 3 addition coops...have 4 now) my husband decided he can't handle winters here anymore and wants to go out of state for Feb, March and April...to sunny Florida. I have one coop from a converted 7X13 travel trailer and my new plan is to transport my 11 to a friends for those 3 months. I'll be back the first week of May and will get back into tending my flock. I live in a "snowbelt" area and have usually confined my flock inside for the worst of winter even when I'm home. Now...being at someone elses...I do not want the flock to go out at all for 3 months due to biosecurity concerns. There are problems and I am worried.... How could I establish a partnership with a friend where I would be gone for 3 months? I am thinking we would have to sell off both of our flocks and start fresh with vaccinated ones...never bring in any new birds and just keep it between our two farms. That would be safe...correct? What would be fair as far as HOW we would do the business? Any ideas...it is over my head and I have not said anything about this to my friend. Just wanting to continue raising and having a flock without biosecurity issues. Any ideas would be appreciated! I don't care if I make lots of money..just want to almost break even and be able to enjoy my hobby. So far...the only sure thing I have come up with is to sell our farm and move to Florida.