I have a year old RIR hen that has been acting differently for the last couple of weeks, and today she is rapidly getting worse. The first thing I noticed is that her comb was getting a little pale, but others have told me that since she hasn't laid an egg in a few weeks that's probably why her comb is lighter. Many have said she probably stopped laying because it's getting cold where I live, and it is getting dark out earlier too. But then I noticed that she stopped jumping up on to the roosting pole. So.. Then it was suggested to me that it too can be normal, as some hens feel warmer laying in an egg box at night. I was leary though because I ran into a similar situation a while back... My two RIRs both came from a local zoo (yes, I know...stupid place to get chickens from, but I was new at this and didn't know any better). The other RIR passed away at only 7 months old, and just before she passed I tried to take her to the vet. Vet said she had no lice or mites, no worms in stool sample, etc, and he did find fatty deposits in her stool.. Hence meaning she wasn't absorbing any nutrients and was starving to death, she was super thin, and just pooping out the nutrients. He said her system must have been damaged due to a defect, or a former illness. So because the current RIR (DeeDee) has also lost weight (half a pound in a month.. Not much maybe.. But she is a small bantam, so half a pound is probably a big deal)... Anyways... This morning I was thinking oh boy, here we go again. Both RIRs lost weight, quit using the roosting pole, had pale combs, AND started sleeping a lot. Only difference is.. DeeDee is standing in a weird position.. She is hunching up, with her tail pointed down. I've never seen this symptom before. She IS CLEAR of lice and mites, very clean bird. I gave her some invermectin this morning, as well as some yogurt and oats. After I noticed the hunching over, I decided it must be an internal issue, and started giving her an antibiotic as well. Sorry this post is so long... But can anyone PLEASE tell me what this sounds like?? Maybe with the hunching over it means she is laying internally or egg bound? Please help.. We already lost our favorite and sweetest chicken a few months ago, now we might lose another. We only have a small flock of 7, these are our pets, not dinner, and we are very attached to them. (Lesson learned by the way..(the hard way) no more zoo chickens) Oh, I should add.. No signs of respitory problems, no eye or nasal discharge, no sneezing. Thanks to anyone who has advice.