Yesterday I was given 2 red shavers. The lady who had them said they had gotten in to her garden about 1 year ago, eaten her rhubarb and gone off the lay. She had consulted a vet who told her they would never lay again. I took them off her hands as pets for my boy as they have been raised from eggs and are much friendlier than our flock of free rangers. Anyway, she brought them round yesterday and one had a very messy bottom. I enquired about it and was told that she had spoken to the vet and he was not concerned at all & sometimes chooks just have messy bums.... So this morning we've gotten up to find her off her food, not a lot of poo (that I can tell), doing a lot of sitting, hard abdomen - all the symptoms of being egg bound. I gave her a warm bath and gave her bottom a thorough wiping to remove all the crud but nothing's changed. I've got her in a cat cage inside in the warm with food and water but she's not showing any interest. She's just standing there and sometimes lying on her side and appears to be straining, her vent also appears to be moving. Is it possible she is egg bound after all this time? I'm planning on giving her another bath and maybe some calcium. If she is NOT egg bound, will giving her calcium have any ill effect?