I know it sounds funny, but can hens get constipated? Phoebe, my Salmon Faverolle, hung out in the nest box for a looong time yesterday, until I took her out to "make her" get some fresh air. She was the last to lay the day before. There were 3 other eggs in there, but not one of hers (which are smaller than the others'). She yelled at me then, lots of squawking as she joined the other girls in the yard. A few minutes later, she, um, relieved herself, and there was a large quantity of poop--slightly bigger than an egg. I know that the cloaca serves all 3 biological purposes, and that Childbirth Ed classes warn you that labor may feel like you "have to go poop". So, is it likely that she thought she had to lay an egg, but was actually constipated?