Hi. I have some Barred Rock bantam hens that hatched in October. They have been laying since March. We live in western Massachusetts. About 6 weeks ago, we noticed one had a very red bottom but not from pecking (I know what that looks like from previous hens). My kids commented on it a few times, and unfortunately I delayed taking any action. Finally I brought it in and examined it. Its bottom had caked-on poop and was red with what looked like a prolapse-- tissue hanging out. I gently washed it, put some herbal ointment on it, and put it back out with the flock. The next morning, my daughter found it dead. Today, as we were saving for the evening, she noticed another one that had that same red bottom with tissue hanging out. She burst into tears and I promised I would find out the problem and do whatever is necessary. I don't know what an egg-bound chicken looks like or whether that is the problem. To tell you the truth, I am not knowledgeable about all the chicken "parts." We only have a tiny backyard flock and m daughter is very attached to them, having raised them by hand from chicks and handling them every day. Does anyone have a clue what this problem is? If we lose another hen it will break her heart. Thank you.