I've had chickens only since May of this year, so this is my first experience dealing with a hen who is not healthy. Billina, our favorite hen, is six months old and just started laying last month. About a week ago, I noticed about three or four crusty scabs forming on her comb that looked like fowl pox to me. Didn't seem to bother her any, and she was eating, pooping and acting normally. This morning, though, when I went out to open up the coop, I immediately noticed some abnormal poop on the droppings tray under the roost. Clear, mucousy, with light brownish/yellowish unformed material within. All the other birds jumped out immediately to go about the yard, as they usually do, but Billina hung back, pecking around on the floor of the coop. When she did jump out and go into the yard, she stood still frequently, fluffed up. So I put her back in the coop by herself when I went to set up a hospital cage. When I returned, she was in the nestbox, and she's been in the nestbox now for an hour. Usually it takes her only about 30 minutes in there to lay her egg. I'm going to give her a little more time to see if she can lay her egg, before disturbing her by moving her to the hospital cage. Gah, why did it have to be Billina?!