I took the family on vacation for a week and a half, and left my father-in-law housesitting. I thought he could handle the basic chore of topping off the feeder for my six 2-year-old hens (3 Leghorns, 3 Golden Comets), but I guess that was too much to ask. When we got back, the feeder was completely empty. Since he never let them out to free range or gave them table scraps, again despite my instructions, they probably went through the food in the first day and a half, so they were without food for over a week. Thank God they had plenty of water. I quickly topped off the feeder and they attacked it, eating a quarter of the contents in minutes. The next day, they were acting weird, and all of them had enlarged crops. It's been about a week since our return, and they are still acting strange, but at least they're eating more or less normally again. But the worst part is - I haven't seen an egg yet! My FIL reported that they stopped laying a few days into the trip, but I never thought to ask if he was feeding them - seemed so obvious to me. So it's probably been two weeks since they laid an egg - normally I get 4-5 eggs a day from them. My question: did my FIL break my chickens? Will they ever lay again? Or is it time for the stewpot?