this is a brief description that i posted in another thread. i think i have a problem with a crazy hen. she is 9 months old, from months 3-7 she lived at a friends house and was laying eggs. i havent seen an egg from her at my house. (thats another issue) for unrelated reasons i took the 2 big roosters out of the pen (5 days ago) and now she is with a cockerel and 9 other hens. about 2 days ago she started getting pretty vocal, i thought maybe she was taking the alpha chicken position and "crowing". today i noticed her sound was changing. its less of a honk and more of a bleet, i started to watch her and noticed that she is mumbling to herself a lot, making small noises and then all of a sudden, completely unplanned she hiccups this crazy bleet sound. i'm starting to think its not on purpose. its dark and she's in bed now and still about every 20 minutes she bleeeets. what can cause this? has anyone heard of it? is she sick or just crazy? any info is greatly appreciated. thanks this is the information requested here. 1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.) mix breed hen, 9 months, largest hen i have YES WEIGHT LOSS, just checked and she is much lighter than last week! 2) What is the behavior, exactly. stretching neck and randomly honking/bleeting, 3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? at least 2 days 4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? no - *update, i have now noticed sneezing and head shaking in some flock members! 5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. no 6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. the only major flock change is the removal of the 2 roosters. they were the only chickens in the flock bigger than her. also dusted them with DE last week, could have caused resp issues?? 7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. normal appetite, layer crumble, veggies. water - i did notice today one waterer has algae growth. 8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. cant distinguish hers from the others, all looks like normal poo tho. 9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? none, besides asking her whats wrong... 10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? treatment at home 11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. 12) Describe the housing/bedding in use. coop is in completely enclosed chain link kennel/run. dirt floor, nest boxes have pine shavings. the chickens all roost on the top of the coop on roof shingles.