Hi everyone- I have been reading the vacation posts and am becoming sick to my stomach! Not only are we new to chickens we are new to this area. (Cream Ridge, NJ) We just booked our first vacation with our four kids (ages 8y.o., 7, 5 and 4) to go to cape cod in August. Are chickies are only 4 weeks old so by then they will be around 14 weeks old. I have no idea how big they will be by then and I don't know anyone that will be able to come and take care of them EVERYDAY!. Possibly might be able to find one to look after them maybe a total of three time that week we will be gone. What should I do??? For real if you pile up food and water and double secure them my babies won't be ok???? Excuse me if I sound very stupid but this is also the first pet we have had EVER! I figured they live outside so they don't have to go out for a "walk" per say. They will have free acess to thier run. But now I am reading it has to be locked everynight and opened every morning??? Is there anyone out thier that does not follow this practice on a regular basis???