We have three austrolorps (about 8 months old). One of the chickens started making noise last night, at a time when she should have been sleeping. We checked her out - she seemed fine. The next day, her poop was watery, and she seemed to be straining. Our first thought was a bound egg, so tonight we soaked her in warm water for 30 minutes, and left her inside in the bathroom with some fresh water and heat. With further investigation, we noticed what appears to be a golf-ball sized poop in the bottom channel. The top channel of the vent is for eggs, and the bottom for waste, or so I've read (feel free to correct me if I am wrong). There is no caked-on excrement on the outside of her vent. I suspect the kids went overboard feeding them left-over pasta. I don't think she is egg bound - she is fairly energetic, and the poop appears to be the issue. I've searched online with Google (and through this forum), and I've seen a few solutions - yogurt (or yoghurt) via the mouth, and warm mineral water via the back end using a syringe. I am concerned about getting a syringe in there - the poop is a hard ball and I don't want to scrape or otherwise damage her insides. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. David.