This is my first flock of chickens. I have 24 of them and they just started laying one week ago. They are 24.5 weeks old. Yesterday, I noticed that one of my low-ranking Easter Egger girls was lying in a depression she (I assume it was her) dug in the dirt. When I let the chickens out to free-range, she didn't get up to join them. That's never happened before, so I went in to check on her. As soon as I touched her, she hopped up and went outside to forage. Her behavior was normal until a few hours later when I found her lying in another depression outside. Again, I went to touch her and she hopped up and rejoined the flock to forage. Today I went out to feed and water the birds and found her in the next box. She calmly stared at me as I moved about around her collecting eggs. I touched her and she gave a startled yelp but did not get up. I touched her again and she didn't make any noise. I put both hands on her and shifted her in the box and she did nothing. The rooster was agitated, however, so I stopped bothering her. I fed the birds and she didn't appear interested in eating. As I was leaving, she stoop up a little in her box and appeared to be pushing or straining. Her eyes closed when she did this. I have no idea if she has any eggs beneath her. I didn't lift her. Is this a normal way to behave? I don't know if she is one of my laying hens. I have no idea which are laying and which aren't. I do know that for this week, I've been getting a green egg every 2 days. Today is the day I should get another green egg, but who knows? Edit: I should add that despite being a little bedraggled from being picked on by the other hens and the rooster, she seems to be in good health. This hen has clear eyes and good coloring. She seems to be a good weight. No discharge coming from anywhere.