I'm sorry this is long but I'm trying to give all the details I can think of. A few months ago (early spring) I adopted two RIRs that I was told are little over three "and good layers". When I first got them I was convinced that one was sick, much more docile, slightly runny poop, pale comb. Not knowing this bird at all (or chickens as these are my first) I didn't know if I was having nervous mommy syndrome, if she was getting ready to molt etc. I let her be figuring she was probably just stressed from being relocated (same city, new home). She seemed to get better with in a week. As far as I know she has never layed an egg since we've had her (From the other one we get about 3 eggs every four days. (recently has been a bit lower)), but she has otherwise seemed healthy though she tends to get a pale comb from time to time depending on the weather and time of day. In the past few days I noticed her poop has become runny, and she has been lethargic. Instead of perching at night she has been going in the coop and sitting near the door. Her tail also seemed droopy. Her poop is thin white/clear/ with some pale yellow or sometimes more solid brown with the runny white/clear. (my other RIR lays eggs with almost orange yolks, this seems much paler than a yolk color?). It caused a severe poop butt which I noticed today the weight of the clump seemed to be pulling feathers out, so I sat her in some warm water (15 mins) and cleaned her up a bit. She was calm for the most part so I think she liked it. Now I am very concerned because when I picked her up I can tell shes lost too much weight. I can feel her chest bones easily. Shes been pecking around but clearly not like normal. She has been drinking pleanty. I really thought this would pass like the first time, I didn't realized she was this bad off. I feel very bad for her. Now I have her in a kennel with some food and water inside my laundry room. Already her comb looks much better, but like I said it kind of has always done that. When I feel underneath her I guess one side feels more taught maybe swollen, but I can not feel a distinctive egg shape. Shes willing let me prod her a little, so it must not be terribly painful. I'm guessing either shes been laying internally (since I've had her?), is egg bound or has parasites and possibly lack of nutrition? but really I dont know more specifics of symptoms. So here are some details about our environment and their living sitt to which I am probably making terrible mistakes in my ignorance: I feed them scratch (it says its for laying hens). This is what the person before me was feeding them.... I plan to buy crumble next time. Their run has a little deck that has food and water and then a dirt area with straw in the bottom (also how the person before me kept the ground dry I guess? they gave me the straw), which I noticed needs to be turned and then usually I add some on top but the birds pretty much only go in the run to perch at night. or eat on the wooden deck, which leads to the coop. (Coop has wood litter/shavings and small amount of straw.) The sprinklers do hit the run a little bit, but I usually run them in the late afternoon or early morning and it averages 85-90 here, so I dont think it stays wet (from what I can tell anyways). Chickens get free run of the yard (as do my two big dogs), I have grass that is suffering badly due to the fact that I can't weed treat it or fertilize. A recently noticed large mushrooms had pooped up (which surprised me due to the warmth/dryness), they dont look as though they been dug up or pecked...) They have had access to my kids moon sand which got thrown all over a section of the yard, but its non toxic and I think is only a fine white sand (colored red) and beeswax.... In some of my garden I put egg shells with my (strawberries and pumpkins). They've have been known to jump the little divider and go crazy digging. I noticed today that the scratch, which I keep in a Rubbermaid container out side (also how the person before me stored it) seems to be infested with black ant like beatles. This is the first I've noticed it. But if chickens are scavengers dont they eat all kinds of bugs anyways? I feel Like I need to act pretty fast and can hopefully find what I need at one of the local feed stores, but I dont know what to give... I know nothing. I tried really hard to research before I go them, and went to my neighbors house to learn how she cared for them. It all seem straight forward until I got the birds! So I appreciate any help on to get her better. Unfortunately a trip to the vet is not possible. Do I deworm her, give her antibiotics? Please help! I dont know where to start!! Thanks in advance!