Hi I am sorry that I am posting this as a new post, however I revived my previous post but it is lost about 3 pages back without a response - probably because it had seemed to be resolved. Here goes... if this doesn't make sense, here is the original post for background Honey did very well for about 2 weeks and then she started to go downhill. Back in the flock, she quickly established her pecking order, ran for food, was her usual inquisitive self and seemed 100% normal - except she has never laid since all this started. Four days ago I noticed that she wasn't really interested in food, and although it is hot here, it didn't seem heat related. Three days ago I opened the coop and she didn't come out for a while, which is quite unlike her. So I booked her into the vet (who is an avian vet thankfully) and he has said that she is very tender inside and was acutely in pain when he internally examined her. He said it is likely that she has an infection in her reproductive tract and has suggested a number of things. 1. A course of 10 days of antibiotics to clear any infection - but he thinks we will be back here again after they wear off. 2. An endoscopy to look at her organs - some risk involved because it requires an incision and hence an anaesthetic 3. A contraceptive implant which lasts 6 - 12 months to stop her ovulating 4. It might be a tumour but he can't tell without an endoscopy. If it is, he will not remove her reproductive system because he says the outcomes are never good and he doesn't like doing it. So, I have suggested that we go with 1 to start with, so she can get back to normal, then progress with one of the other options. My thought was, if it is a tumour, it probably won't respond to antibiotics, so that might give us a clue as to whether it is an infection or not. Do you have any advice or wisdom here? Honey is a fantastic chicken (over 3 years old now) and she doesn't need to lay any more for us - she was a prolific layer in her time. I do not want to euthanise her if at all possible and am not looking for a "cheap" solution. I take pet ownership seriously, so if there's anything we can do (and can afford) then we should do it. I am quite upset though. I know one day we will lose her and I certainly do not want her to suffer, however if we can help her, we should. I once had a bird put down about 10 years ago because he went blind overnight and they suspected a brain tumour. We tried various mineral/vitamin courses to see if it could help and in the end agreed it was kinder to put him down. I still live with that today and it still hurts - I felt like I let him down and I made the decision to end his life. Horrible. Yes, I am sentimental and soft....... She has now had 2 days of antibiotics and is about the same, possibly a little better but only just. She also seems to stand on one leg - either one, but the other foot is not fully on the ground. It looks like it might hurt if both feet go down. She also puts herself to bed about 40 - 60 mins before all the others. She is fussy eating but will run for her favourite food (ran down the garden to meet me tonight) and she hasn't lost any weight. All help and thoughts are welcome. I'd be grateful for any advice or any thoughts that we are missing something.