Ok so I got so excited about getting chicks and telling my daughter we would get them on her b-day (this past Friday), that now I have 10 baby chicks rangeing from we think 2 days to 1-2 weeks. One bantam is real small and the silkies was marked down at TS so they like 1-2 weeks we think. Any ways we totally over looked my daughters heart surgery april 10th. we live in Forestville ny and the hospital is in Rochester, NY (2hr trip). I need to know if I can change the litter every other day or not? I have people checking food and water 2 times a day. I know I really screwed up and shouldn't make them sit in they're poo. But I was wondering if I do a lot of litter or someone adds some the first night and I come back second will it be ok or can I go longer? It's 10 chicks total in a 19x30 inch dog cage atm. I have some wood I can make a bigger cage (roughly 3x3 ft.) if it would help for longer times with less litter changes. I'm gonna try and find someone to take care of them that will change litter but I want some info in advance incase I cant find anyone cause the only person I can think of is wifes grandpa who really might have a harder time with them. he use to raise chickens back in the day, but I really don't want to put that much on him and his wife. I will be in Rochester 10th - 14th then back home have to work so then i'll be fine cept go up back up Friday night through sunday night hopeing they be fine with the deep litter again. AS for birds 1 small bantam, 7 assorted reds mid sized wasn't marked down, and the 2 silkies. I feel like crap after telling wife for three years i'm getting chicks I finaly get them only to not think it out right.