I have a hen, Lucy, who is def up there in age but to give a perspective she recently (I can't believe it!) started laying about one egg every 7-10 days. She's slow to get moving...never fights over food or whose turn it is to get the 1st (exactly same) nibbles of food... This morning I opened up that coop, everyone else came rushing out and I noticed Lucy not coming out (of the night pen--that coop has a fully enclosed night pen and a free range area connected). I distracted the others tossing food everywhere then went to check on Lucy. I went over every inch of her body--no injuries or anything different that I could see. I checked her vent, nothing odd that I could notice. Yet she was in a "hunkered down" position and when I tried to set her on her feet she didn't want to stand up, just to sit back down--not falling over--just wanted to be on the ground. Immediately I got a shallower water dish and placed it in front of her, showed her. I brought normal food (laying pellets) and added a bit of crumbled graham cracker which she ate happily. Of course I took into account the various things, anything different...it's been much hotter here in the day than last week, jumped from the 80's to 90'd in no time. I changed the water yesterday. I can only see that as a good thing... The bottom line is that she seems uninjured yet weak...acting like the "old lady" that she is in terms of years old, but nobody gets old over night. So I'm trying to puzzle thru what has set this off. This evening when I went to close up that coop, she was in the same place. To make matters worse, one of the roos in that grouping actually tried to mount her and do the "dance"! Lucy was too weak or beyond it to put up any fight. That told me right then and there, that if it was possile to help her feel/get better I had to move her away from the roo who was "insensitive" to say the least. So...crazy me. I got the others situated and their pen closed. Meanwhile I had an arm full of Lucy. The only other place I could think of that would be either neutral or maybe benefit her was with the chicks that are borrowing the guest bathroom! My title to this post is that I hope I haven't created an emergency. That is very true. I am going on the assumption that whatever happened to Lucy was a matter of her co-inhaitants rather than a disease process. What I did? I put her on top of the heating pad in the little enclosure I made for 10 chicks I'd gotten (hatched end of march so now 3 1/2 weeks old approx). My thinking? The chicks are still of an age to interact with Lucy, maybe tucking themselves under her feathers etc. My fear: if something is going on with Lucy that is other than age and over breeding by the male(s) then it's safe for her. That is such a too-long narrative. But I think it gets my point accross. Lucy has been on the heating pad in the same enclosure as the "bathroom chicks" for aout 1 hour. Have I put the chicks at risk? Does anyone have recommendations for Lucy--to help her recover her good health? I really need and wou;d appreciate as much help and advice as is possible! I thank anyone ahead of time for their feedback. I'm just so worried...about Lucy, about the chicks. I am looking to learn what to do and not do in the future (knowing I've acted in a sort of wreckless way). I just need help. That's the whole of it. Thank you for reading this unnecessarily long post!