I've only had chicks up to this point but we just got a 2.5 year old barred rock that is molting. I've never seen a molting hen but I have a feeling I'm seeing something abnormal. This hen lived in one place with her 12 'sisters' her whole life. Now she lives with my single hen in a new coop. So I'm afraid stress has caused this... At night she lays shellless eggs in the pooptray and today I noticed it was mixed with green poop. At the same time I noticed a REALLY messy vent area that looked like it was caked with egg yolk and bedding, so I went to clean it up. What I found wasn't bedding...it was a strand of light brown (pine flake color) coming out of her vent. Long, thin, and maybe 3/4" wide if it was flattened (didn't really look like a 'tube' of any kind) I looked really closely to see if it looked like something internal coming out and I have to assume it was simply because it didn't look like bedding and I could see it going inside the vent, not to mention I couldnt wipe it off. What is it? What do I do? Could this be a 'normal' part of the molt or is something wrong? help!