One of my Rhode Island Reds has been acting peculiarly for a few days. My chickens are free range, so they have nests outside- and this particular chicken had been in the nest all day. I walked over to her and she made a weird (Ba ha ha ha ha haaa) noise. I walked away and figured she might be having some egg-laying trouble. Well, she didn't show up that night when I was putting the other hens away and was still in the nest. I figured I'd leave her overnight ,gave her food and water- and left. The next morning when I was feeding the other hens she came out, I figured she was fine- and ignored it until... that night I was putting the other hens away, and she wasn't there. I checked the nest- sure enough the same weird noise. I left her overnight again with food and water and this morning, sure enough, she came running toward me while I was feeding the other hens. But, at the moment, she's in that darn nest again. Anybody had this happen before? What shoud I do? I also have a hen who's feathers on her back-tail area are gone and the area is pink-red-ish. It's been like this for a few weeks, and the feathers are beginning to grow back. But- what else can I do. I've been reading the threads here, but I'm still not sure. Thank You.