Simple question...and I know the jist of the answer, but I need to know the standard reply I give if the poultry judge asks at our fair next week. Last year I wasn't able to give a well formed answer. I know it has something to do with sticking 2 or 3 fingers in the vent, and if they all fit then the hen is laying, and if not, the hen is not. That might even be it. But I'm not sure. Can someone help? And also, I know to look for redness in the face, etc. It wasn't good enough for the judge last year, though.