My 28 week-old buff silkie (Tessa) has been exhibiting what I thought were signs that she is getting ready to lay her first egg: -her face has turned dark purplish-black, her comb is looking like a raisin on top of her head, and she's got little waddles -she squatted for me for the first time two days ago -she's getting rather vocal, and this morning was singing (her egg song?) so loud I ran out to the coop to see if the girls were being attacked -she started taking interest in the oyster shells I have set out free-choice So this morning I've been out stalking the girls, hoping to witness this event. As I was watching Tessa closely, she seems to be acting strangely... and I'm not sure if it's first time egg-laying jitters for her, or she's not feeling well: -when she settles down and sits on the ground, she puffs up her feathers and her breathing seems labored. Her whole body moves as she breathes -when she walks around she occasionally stops and pulls one leg up under her. Then walks a few more steps and pulls the other leg up She's eating and drinking normally. Is she just feeling/acting weird because this is her first egg, or does it sound like she's sick? I'm a first-time egg mama, so I'm very nervous!