Hello everyone - I've been searching topics without ever joining since we got our first hens in August last year. Now I need some advice. We have 6 hens that have been laying, reliably, anywhere from 4-6 eggs daily since March - we were on vacation & had the neighbors watching the girls. They have their own chickens so know the drill but I still gave them a walk-through on the how what where. When we got home from 8 days away there was NO food in the feeder (holds quite a bit, it takes them 4-5 days to go through it all if I let it run down) and when I filled it they went at it like they were starving. In the week we've been back we've gotten 0-2 eggs a day. I'm assuming this is stress related, for whatever reason these people didn't feed them enough & may or may not have let them out of the actual coop while we were away. Our delaware hen also seems to be headed into her first molt based on the white feathers everywhere I'm finding. Can I expect them to get back on a more regular laying schedule ever? How long could it take? I can be patient but I'm very worried about them and want to be sure I shouldn't be doing anything differently than I am. Needless to say these neighbors will not be watching them again. Ever.