Well, I lost another hen yesterday, and it was just awful. You see, she had a growth of some kind on her tummy, and it was not an abcess, it seemed more "tumorlike". I watched her as it grew and she continued to thrive and lay, etc. I decided it was some sort of cyst and she would live with it. Well, yesterday I went to collect eggs and she was in the henhouse and her nose was bleeding! I had company, so I just locked her in the house alone and tried to get my company out the door as fast as possible so I could deal with her. I noticed the other chickens playing with what appeared to be a snake, and I investigated further and it was intestines! I went to check on her and the other girls had pecked her "lump" and pulled out her insides. I could not believe she was alive! We put her out of her misery quickly. I am wondering if that lump could have been a hernia?? Anyway, I am sad, but EW!