Our hen Blue (2yrs old) has suffered slow crop issues that caused her to stop laying eggs three times in the last year . Each time seemed to get worse and needed more treatment, 1st time just vomiting her and yogurt, 2nd time vomiting her and stronger yogurt type drink and the 3rd time vomiting her and giving miconazole worked. All of this started before her first hard late fall molt. Our vet told me that there was probably an underlying issue that caused the slow crop. So two weeks ago when I had to take her to the vet (4/15/17) because she didn't start laying again & her abdomen (on a hen it's her rear end just below the vent) started to swell, she was waddling like a penguin & had a "poopy butt" I tried all the home treatments for worms, and egg bound but none worked and over the course of three weeks she just kept swelling more and more. I was so worried because she was having such a hard time and nothing I did was helping. The vet called it EYP and drained over a pound of fluid from her abdomen and sent us home with antibiotics and pain meds. When I got her home she was so much better running around and digging little holes eating and acting completely healthy and vibrant. The antibiotics were to be dosed twice per day and that became difficult because as she got stronger and stronger she got harder and harder to give the little pill to. I started out just holding her and opening up her mouth and popping it in, but ended up having to wrap her up in a flannel and force her mouth open(gently) and get it down that way. So now she is finished with the antibiotic treatment and her abdomen is swollen a bit again, I know she has something going on. Our vet says we can drain her again if it gets too swollen but it will cost $350 to do that. We really love her and don't care if she ever lays again. She is our pet and we dont want her to suffer either. She has been acting normal (aside from laying eggs) she has some poopy bum but I will bathe her to get that off. The poopy butt is happening because the abdomen is swollen and so it sort of gets stuck in her feathers. I will try trimming her feathers where the poop sticks. I have researched homeopathy for treating this I found a couple of good sites http://www.abchomeopathy.com/ http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/files/103000.pdf http://www.archive.org/stream/poultrydoctorin00tafegoog#page/n7/mode/2up so I have narrowed it down and am started her on hepar-sulph yesterday She still has some swelling about a fist size. I am going to keep track of her progress here. Thanks BYC!!