My year old Jersey Giant has been under the weather for a while now. Her vent has been coated with white sand that I think are urates. I've bathed her, soaked her, treated her in case she had lice or mites, checked for eggs inside her etc. I've been watching her and she's been out foraging with the other ladies and still laying pretty regularly. Today, she was in the coop early and I decided to check out her vent again... it looked crusty but the same as it has been and then I noticed that she has SPLIT OPEN below the vent, in her abdomen area. open sore/ skin split by Maxxchaos, on Flickr[/img] I have more photos on my flickr account.