Hello everyone, I'm hoping you all might be able to answer this. I have a backyard flock of seven - four who are two-and-a-half years old, three that are 6 months old (all raised from day-olds ). One of my older ladies, a barred rock, has been for the past three weeks acting strangely. 1) She rests a lot. To the point that she'll get up and walk a bit, then just sit down. She'll do this when eating also. 2) She will droop her wings when she is about to sit - making it look like she's using them to hold herself up for just a couple of seconds. 3) I palpated beneath her vent and along her abdomen and could find no evidence of an egg (and from all I've heard, if she was egg bound she would have died well before now.) She also did not feel abnormally swollen. Her vent is also not flexing (like when they're about to lay or after they've pooped). 4) She walks normally for about three steps (albeit slowly), then starts standing upright, tucking her tail to walk for another few steps before sitting. 5) She is able to follow the flock around during the day and still jump up at night to go to bed on the roost. 6) She has been through molt and is not laying or even interested in the nest boxes. She is usually one of the first to start the season. (Currently four of the seven are laying - one has yet to lay her first, the other is taking her time, and Kiki is the sick one.) Her molt this year was particularly hard, as she dropped nearly all her feathers at once and was just about bare - last molt she went in stages. 7) All my hens were vaccinated for Merek's before we got them as day-olds. I've read someone mention rickets, but with six other hens eating the same organic feed and organic table scraps (we're vegetarian) and none of the others having a problem and all behaving normally, it doesn't seem likely to me. Egg binding seems logical with her symptoms, but there is no evidence I can find that points to that. They are given their shells back whenever we use the eggs as well as any yolks we don't eat. Has anyone experienced this problem or have any ideas as to what this might be? The strange thing is, she is still fully alert, she doesn't seem to be necessarily listless, she still holds her rank over the younger hens (she's our #4), and can still run if she feels she has to get out of the way. At her age she shouldn't be anywhere close to spent... I'm at a loss. She obviously isn't 100%.