Hi everyone - Today I culled a NH Red hen, 16 mths old, who's been sick for awhile now. She would have diarrhea, fluff up, isolate herself, not eat, I'd quarantine her for a few days, put her under a heat lamp, put electrolytes/vit in her water, and she'd perk up. She'd eat, drink, I'd let her loose with the others, and she'd act normal. Then a few weeks later the whole process would repeat. This happened twice. These last couple weeks, I've noticed her abdomen was extremely hard and bloated. (Background: before she got sick every once in awhile we would find a weird soft-shelled egg. Haven't had one since she got sick the second time. Of course, we don't know if it was hers or not, because they all lay all over the place. ) Normal diet: Purina layer pellets, bread, veggies, daily oatmeal with milk, calcium supplement, and free-range foraging. Finally, although she kept eating and drinking, she was listless enough that I decided to screw up the courage and just put her out of her misery. And the other hens (i have 12 others) started to attack her. Anyway, today I 'necropsied' her, and found Very Weird Things in there - a LOT (I'd say about 2 lbs worth) of very hard masses of yellow stuff, which seemed to have developed in layers, because one mass had white/pink stuff in the middle. There was A LOT of this stuff, which explained the swollen/hard abdomen. I also found white worms - inch-long, tapered at the ends; I saw about 4, inside the intestines. So, OK - what the heck was wrong with her? Was she egg-bound, or did her eggs just simply not develop correctly? Could these have blocked her oviducts/intestines?I did notice that she was not pooping these last few days. Did the worms kill her? And, now that I know she had worms, I'm sure the others must too - I used DE on them a few months ago, should I repeat? We rely on our chickens for their eggs and really don't want to medicate unless we REALLY have to, because doesn't that mean we can't eat the eggs? Lastly, what should I have done with her? Could this have been avoided? Thanks all - I hope I get some good advice - I'm worried about the rest of my flock.