I have 8 hens. I went off for 4 days, a few weeks back. I left plenty of food and water, but have always fed them every morning. After I came back after 4 days, there was food left, but the water was really dirty. Now they've all quit laying eggs. I feed plenty of laying mash (pellets). And set a timer to come on at 5, about an hour before dawn here. I even tried making the light come on 5 min earlier every few days. Still no eggs! One of my best layers, solid black hen, nest in the box, as if she's brooding, but no eggs. I've been trying to catch one of the roosters, who wonder around outside now, can not find where he goes at night to catch him. Do they need a roo to start back laying? What can i do to get them to lay eggs? I think last year they stopped laying in Jan. Now it's Nov. Should I just let them rest until next spring? Thanks!