Hello, fellow chicken lovers! I have four 1 year old red hens. While my family was out of town for three days, she passed an egg through that pulled her all the way outside in her anal area. As soon as we got home that night, at about 3:00 am, actually, I ran out and got some Preparation H, after reading online how to bring down swelling and repair the problem. I treated her and kept her inside the house for 5 days. She didn't lay one egg while she was in the house. Her bottom began to heal quite well. The problem is that we also run a business from our home, and there are people in and out of here all day long. Even though I changed her bedding every day, the smell was just too much. So I went outside in the freezing cold and tarred off half of the coop, only allowing in a trickle of sunlight to filter through the slats. I put her out there in her own "safe zone". The next day, she immediately began laying eggs again. She hasn't stopped since. I even pulled her heat lamp. I don't know what else to do. All of my girls lay right through the cold Ohio winters, an egg apiece every day, but I thought that it was supposed to be sunlight related. By tapping off the light and removing her heat lamp, I thought she would stop. It has been two weeks now, and my heart breaks for her. Her bottom came right back out and I don't know what to do. We don't have any chicken doctors around here. She doesn't act as though she is in distress, but she must be hurting!!! You would think that just the stress would cause her to stop laying!!!!!!!!