Hello, This is a very sad story but a very valuable lesson I learned. So I have had my chickens for almost 2 years now. I built an automatic watering system for them which consisted of a 55 gallon drum in the rafters of the coop roof and a pvc pipe that comes down and goes to horizontal nipples. This has worked well for over a year. I recently got rabbits and was sick of manually changing water bottles so I got some tubing and rabbit nipples and tapped into my chicken waterer. The problem is I turned off the chicken water valve to plumb in the rabbit nipples. When I was done I turned on the rabbit nipples to test them and I forgot to turn the chicken nipples back on. I check my chickens daily. They come out of the coop and run every day and have free range in the yard. I spend time with them and I did not see any signs of an issue and their water was left off for some time. Eventually one of my hens was acting extremely weird and lethargic and then it was discovered the water was turned off and I had been dehydrating them!!! I immediately called the vet and we worked on the sick hen for a few days but unfortunately she was too far gone and I lost her. The rest of the hens have survived my mistake, thankfully. Now it has been about 2-3 weeks since the incident and I have gotten only 2 eggs from 11 hens in that time. I totally understand that a stressfull situation will cause them to stop laying. To top it off, my hens had never molted before and I think this event triggered or as bad luck would have it they decided to molt right after this event. So they have recovered from the molt but I am not getting any eggs. Did I harm them beyond recovery that they simply will not start laying again or is it just all part of the recovery process and the major stress they went through that they need more time? will they start laying again??? I feel so terrible I put them through it but it has taught me a valuable lesson and I now have a routine of touching the nipples to ensure water is flowing and they aren't clogged or out of water. Thanks for any advice.