First of all, let's begin by stating that I have 11 hens, 1 roo outside in a large coop. I have 2 silkies inside in a brooder and they are about 16-18 wk old. I lost track! Whoops! We went on vacation on Jan. 11 . We went pretty far...so I was worried. This was the first time leaving my chickens under someone else's care. I am FURIOUS! I had 2 house sitters (A couple) and they collected the eggs and fed and watered my animals daily...I said not to worry about the large coop since I put hay in there to collect all the poop and stuff. It was ok when I got back. Of couse it was about 6pm and no one had been there that day. They were hungry and thirsty! And there were eggs everywhere! So then I come in to the house to check on the silkies.... THERE IS very MOLD GROWING IN THEIR WITH THEM! Apparently they [housesitter] didn't think it was a big enough deal to do anything about!!!!! I have confronted my sis (housesitter) about it and said she was only here one day (out of a very week!?) and her fiance came the other days. Well, I guess he didn't do too much!~ I am soooo mad. I have been back since Sunday...but not been here online yet. I have already decided that they won't be doing it next year! Even if I have to pack up 14 chickens, 6 turtles and 2 cats and take them somewhere else! Perhaps I can find someone from here locally that can do it next time! Ugh What slobs. So yeah, that's not the only thing that was wrong, but that was the only chicken related thing. At least they are alive!!! And I specifically said to put eggs in the cartons point down. Nope! They were in bowls and just strewn around the fridge! when ihave piles of cartons everywhere. never again. NEVER AGAIN! I kept worrying on vacation and tried to call and didn't get answers. DH assured me everything would be ok. Well it wasn't. Mainly beacause it wasn't done how I would have done it. I wrote a LOOONG note on how to do it. Guess it wasnt even worth it! My silkies will be ok right??? I'm hoping they weren't like that for too long... I will find out tonight when my sister comes for her kid. I did clean it out immediatly! Thanks I feel better now for venting!