Our 5 babies are just over 2 weeks old and we are going out of town for 10 days when they will be almost 9 weeks old. (the timing of chicks and the trip weren't in my control) Since this is our first time having chicks, I'm wondering what kind of attention they'll still need at 9 weeks? We have friends who live close by and have chickens that I was going to ask to come help, but I'm curious how much "help" is going to be needed? Because we are going to be gone for so long, I'm worried we're asking too much! I have nipple waterers that will last them a couple of days at a time and am hoping to have a feeding system that will last a few days (if not the whole 10 days!) as well. But at that age, will they still have to have their chips/paper towels cleaned every day? We have a large 4x4 shipping crate we were going to set up on our covered patio for them. We are doing the heating pad brooder method so they'll have a warm place to sleep still. We live in Washington and it's anyone's guess what the weather will be like the first 2 weeks of December! I'm just wondering how intense their care will still be at 9 weeks. I hope I'm not asking too much of my friends!