When I raised bugies, if a bird looked puffed up and sickly, it meant that the bird was almost dead and that, short of a miracle, the bird would be dead within a few hours. Question: Do chickens show their illness earlier. Are they willing to show illness even when it is not imminently life threatening Domineak the Dominique is keeping her right eye closed. She has opened it and there doesnt seem to be anything wrong with it but most of the time today she has kept it closed. She is puffed up and not moving around allot. Looks to be sick, although I dont see anything wrong with her. She is 16 1/2 weeks, all the pullets combs and wattles have been changeing alot lately, much more red starting about a week ago. Could this be a sign that she is about to lay or is it more likely that she's sick.