OK I am having a chicken dilemma, I think. Last night I discovered my chickens have mites, I went to check on them before I went to bed last night and the bantam was chirpy when I touched her rear, so I looked to make sure she wasn't egg bound, and saw she was missing feathers on her rear and saw a couple mites, so I treated them all and the coop with DE. I've been checking on them all day, and they have been acting fine, eating well, acting normal, until this evening after I got off work. The bantam is sitting in a nesting box and gets very upset when I try to touch her. She doesn't look sickly, bright eyes, good coloring. Is it possible she is laying? Or would it take her that long to lay an egg? I don't know what time she went into the box, but it was 7:30 when I saw her in there and now its been 2 hours. Anyone have any advise or can give me an idea of what to check for or look at her for? I would greatly appreciate the help! BTW, the bantam has not laid since I got her. I was told she was laying, but the people who had her before I did passed her around A LOT, she was moved 6 times before I finally gave her a stable home.