I just want to take an overnight trip with my husband to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. We have 3 sweet EE pullets in our 1/2 acre lot suburban home where unfortunately chickens aren't legal (residential zoning regs) and one neighbor HATES them. I lock our chickens up tight every night after sunset (~9pm) and let them out to free range at 7am. They would be ready to go at first light at 5am, but I have to keep them locked in the small coop (no run access) so they don't come out and BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! at 5am and wake up the entire neighborhood. So my dilemma, I tried letting them put themselves to bed one night, without locking them up (very low risk of predators in our fenced backyard) to see if I could do that for the one night I'd be away. They went to bed fine, and then the next morning woke up just before 5am, came out and BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! sang their morning song as I leapt out of bed to quiet them down with some treats. Again at 5:30am BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! they go while hanging out on my back porch. Again, I had to rush out of bed to shush them. This isn't going to work. So now I have to have my mom spend the night at MY house with the 3 kids, so someone can lock the girls up at night and not let them out until 7am the next morning. I couldn't let them out later in the morning, because the coop (or the "cave" as we call it) is extremely small and only meant for sleeping/roosting quarters. Can't just let them out in the run because they are spoiled from free ranging their whole lives and BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! in protest when they're kept in a small caged area. I swear I'm going to need to find a live in "chicken sitter" if I ever actually want to get away with the whole family even just for one night! Or at least someone who would come by late at night and then early in the morning to tend to the girls.