I have a New Hamsphire who hasn't laid for about 3 weeks. This corresponded with the the temperature change (and time change) So I have assumed it to be a seasonal adjustment. However, I have noticed that she is limping/favoring one leg. She is still active and eating, other than the limp and not laying she seems normal. On the lame leg, it appears a bit scaly. Upon inspection, I do not see any signs of bumblefoot (no swelling and no round "core"), but I lost a chicken due to a late diagnosed Bumblefoot earlier this year...so I am not exactly an expert on issues affecting the feet. Something that has simultaneously occurred is that the one or more of the chickens have been removing all of the straw from the nesting box, taking it down to the wood floor. This has been happening since about the same time my New Hampshire stopped laying. My 3 others are about just about 9 months old and haven't started to lay yet. I don't know which hen is clearing out the straw. I have given her fresh garlic as well as liberally applied honey on her leg as I have read garlic is good for general health as well as bumble foot. My QUESTIONS ARE: 1) Will Honey suffocate mites if that is the problem? 2) Is honey really all that effective with treating bumblefoot? 3) Is there a way to more easily identify the ailment? 4) I have read that petroleum jelly is good for mites, but what about for Bumblefoot? 5) I plan to star washing her leg once a day in an epsom salt bath, but should I apply honey or petroleum jelly after the bath? 6) Is there some other alternative to treating this? Some details: 1) I have a fairly liberal amount of DE in the coop. 2) I have search for and not been successful in finding any sharp objects which would cut her foot. Although there could be something out there as I usually let them free range in the yard every weekend and during the week if I am home. 3) I really do not have a human way to isolate her from the others. The other hens are not picking on her and they seem to be interacting as normal. I will try to post a picture,, but appreciate any advice.