Hi all, Haven't been online here for a while but am very worried about my brown shaver hen at the moment. With hindsight I have made a few mistakes/wrong judgements which I hope can be remedied. Sorry in advance for the long story but I thought it best to contain as much info as possible. She is around 3 years old, so has been slowing down a lot on the laying this year (which is fine, we reckon she's earned her retirement haha). A couple of weeks ago we noticed the feathers around her vent were messy and clumpy. She was otherwise eating well and showing no signs of stress, and it turned up so suddenly we thought she had maybe sat on a rotten egg or in a muddy dust puddle, as it was a light brown/sandy colour. We watched her closely and when it was clear that her vent wasn't getting any messier (if anything it seemed to be slowly clearing up) we assumed it was nothing to worry about (mistake #1). I'd never heard of bathing a chicken so it didn't even cross my mind, I just planned to keep an eye on her and thought seeing as she is due a moult, the remaining mucky feathers would just fall out soon naturally (mistake #2). Fast forward a couple of weeks and I notice she has started stealing the grower crumble from my young ducklings, which makes me wonder if she's getting enough nutrition. Also, she looks a little thin (though she has always been a bit of a scrawny chicken), so I wondered if she had intestinal worms and treated her with Aviverm. That was about 3-4 days ago. Today, when I was feeding her, I noticed she was straining to poop and only tiny bits were coming out. The bits that came out were normal in colour and consistency, though a little runnier. At this point I'm finally starting to put 2 + 2 together and realise something isn't right. I mixed in some MyBeau Avian, a vitamin/mineral mix suspended in oil with a little Diatomaceous Earth in her food, and locked her into a clean dry coop with some water. I'm wondering now if A) She's had a big infestation of worms and is straining to pass them after the worming treatment. Or B) She's egg bound due to being an older chook and eating grower food instead of layer pellets. She is free range so has plenty of natural grit and calcium available to her, I did offer her some oyster shell but she wasn't very interested. PS. I would happily pay for a vet but nobody around here takes Chickens. The last time I took a bird to my usual vet she had to double check with me what species it was. It was freakin' budgie. If the supposedly qualified vet can't recognise a budgie, I don't want to risk my chicken with her. I do have a chicken-loving friend who used to be a vet nurse but she hasn't answered her phone yet. Please, please help!