I had a hen that was egg-bound on 8-31-11. I used info here and a magazine to help her pass the egg without breaking it. I first noticed something was wrong because her bum feathers were not fluffy. After she passed the egg, I kept her in isolation so that the boys would leave her in peace. I wanted to make sure she would not prolapse or be picked on. She remained in isolation for 6-8 days. I gave her a once over and her vent looked normal. She has laid 4 eggs from 9-17-11 to 9-21-11 without further trouble, and they are bigger than her first. (She was still on chick feed with the first egg and I think that is what caused it, but she is also younger and smaller than my 5 month old hens.) Anyhow, my question is that I have noticed that her bum feathers are still not fluffy. They look like they have mudd on them or that they are sticking together because she sat in dirty water or something. I've seen her preen, but nothing seems to help. Is this normal for a hen that struggled with her first egg? She is not lethargic or showing any other symptoms that I can see, but I've heard that they are great at making it look like they are fine until it is too late or nearly too late.