Hi, all: I've spent several days reading about various possibilities for an ailing hen, and can't find anything that fits her symptoms. Help would be appreciated. I'm trying to list all I can think to be important: -2 yrs old, previously great layer, previously active and no health issues -pen mates include 13 peking ducks, 12 chickens of various ages (1 adult rooster) -weather had been abnormally damp and cold (Tennessee) -I noticed her sitting around more last week, which progressively got worse -Brought her inside on Friday when she didn't go on the roost -Empty crop but thirsty and hungry. Seems to drink too much. -Not able to feel an egg inside, per instructions on here -Her entire rear half feels abnormally hard -Drinks water, but then when she pecks the water runs out of her beak -Will only take bread -Excrement is greenish-black, not firm like it should be -I turned her up when I noticed the water run out of her mouth, and a significant amount of water came out. Repeated that one time for two days to try to ascertain if she had "sour crop". There was nothing foul-smelling, and it was fairly empty except for a few corn hearts, though she hadn't had scratch in 3 days at that time -She's now been letharic/abnormal for six days and seems no worse. No better, but no worse. -I have checked her vent a second time and just do not feel any egg; I was only able to reach in about an inch and a half; I"m not sure if that is far enough but wasn't confident I should reach further. I guess I should check a healthy, laying hen to know what that feels like. -She stretches her neck and seems to be trying to make food go down everytime she takes bread after every few bites, as though it is getting stuck. -There is no smell from her breath -I went ahead and gave her a pea sized Safeguard since I may have nothing to lose here. -I have not consulted a vet, and that isn't an option at the moment financially. -No one else is sick. -All hens originate from vaccinated hatcheries, though all original stock are gone (I haven't bought chicks in at least a decade, and all of these are offspring of those.) Thanks to any insight or suggestions you have time to pass along. I just can't make the hard abdomen/empty crop/lack of egg feeling match with anything. Also, thanks to everyone who contributes here. I learn a lot from what you all say.