We have a gold laced orpington bantam who was saved from a breeders stock pot (Bracken) - she lovely and has been giving us eggs every alternate day (since her moult early this year). She still is, although her egg shell has always been a bit slippery? She's never had a problem laying and is now laying every day-which is more than usual. Only the last couple of days she has felt hot compared to the other chickens and is now staying in the next box and only comes out when pushed out. She also pecks when we are ushering her out when she doesn't normally do this. I would have thought it was broodyness but for the apparent fever. Anyone had this before or am I worrying over nothing - i've lost three chickens this year and have another two still fighting the after effects Coccidiosis so I'm a bit paranoid. They are my pets and family and still miss the others - I am fighting not to lose anymore! i'm sure you all understand.