Howdy! A chicken health query from a chicken dummy! I have a small mixed breed flock, I just got in the spring (my first chickens). I have an EEger, about 9 months old who hasn't wanted to leave the next box for about a day or two. Just sitting in there with her butt up in the air, wings out a little and feathers all puffed up. Glaring at me with her beady eye. I read some about terrible egg-bound chicken illness and internal eggs stuck on the forums and got all worked up in a tizzy about her. Finally got up the nerve to haul her out of her comfy next box and try to examine her. Which is pretty worthless, since I don't know what I'm looking or feeling for. But got her out of the box, all she wanted was back in. Up on her feet, and her vent looked normal, no poopy mess or blood or swelling. As I was turning her around to try and feel in her belly was swollen, out pops an egg. She seemed surprised, as did I - assuming she was egg bound. I guess not. She took advantage of my surprise and crawled back in the next box and pulled the wooden egg under her belly. Is she just broody? Or is she actually sick? All in all, I don't see anything wrong with her besides her "must be in the next box" behavior. I haven't ever dewormed them - is that something I should do regularly? Thanks for your advice!