I need advice: I went on vacation for 9 days. I had a relative stay at my house to take care of the dogs, cat and chickens. He is a college age guy, so I tried to make it as easy as possible. I have a feeding system that requires only minimal attention. Water needed to be replaced every other day. I have an automatic pop door opener and a nice run. The hens lay usually in morning and one lays in late afternoon. He was all set. As they say "best laid plans". Well, on the 3rd day, the pop door opener stopped working; this meant he had to get up before noon to open it. Well, you guessed it, that didn't happen. The morning egg collection turned into the 2pm only collection. There were then smashed eggs the next day when he went to tend the hens. The light that maintained the 14 hours of "daylight" was unplugged so into winter mode they went. I assume you're getting the picture. I came home on the 9th day late at night. He had closed them up for the day. 5 eggs were collected and all seemed right in the world. I went to bed. I got up early the next morning so I could tend the coop before church. I was excited to say good morning and collect eggs before I went off to play hand bells. Well, what I found was no water in the coop and no food in the feeder. I have no idea how long they were without water/food. I immediately cleaned out nesting boxes, filled food and water, provided BOSS, veggie scraps, TLC, etc. I apologized up and down. Cooed to them and showered them with affection. As of right now, they haven't laid a single egg since Saturday. I know stress has cause this. My questions are: How long will it take for them to bounce back and start laying again? Have I permanently screwed them up? I was getting between 4-6 eggs a day from the 6 hens. HELP!