This probably seems like a dumb question - In starting our flock early last year, being able to take a vacation was not on our radar, but thankfully this year we are in a little better situation where we can think about it. We really had the "duh" moment as we were discussing taking a week to visit family (8 hours away). We've taken mini-breaks (local camping), but due to work constraints, either my wife or I were home at night. The kids have worked really hard this summer to support the household and they'd really like for us as a family to visit their cousins (they are near some really cool family attractions). We have 14 egg layers, so they would need daily attention. In the immediate neighborhood, there really aren't a lot of families to help out, even thought we're only talking about 15-20 minutes per day....quick feed and water and open the door in morning, collect the eggs, and shut them up at night. Unfortunately, if they are not careful, the girls will effect a "prison break" if a careless moment arises and rounding them at night is mandatory since I've already fed the local coyotes one time more than I had ever wanted. I'm thinking hard about this, maybe offering up the eggs laid while we are gone as payment. Is that too cheesy? What options do you take for situations? Any helpful advice or thoughts? thx.