I have never dealt with an eggbound bird, so I need your help. the chicken in question is a 5 month old red star. She started laying at only 16 weeks. I got home from work tonight and let the chickens out. I sat in the grass for about 45 minutes playing with them and I noticed that the red star had not left the run. She sat in the same position the entire time I was outside. So I picked her up and put her in the grass and she just stood there. She is now in my kitchen. She ate some pellets and drank water, but she really isnt moving a whole lot, and when she does walk around she looks 'stiff', like she is uncomfortable. She is pooping (all over my floor) and I don't see blood or anything resembling shell, but it is a little watery. When taking eggs out of the nesting boxes earlier, one box had a yellow yolky mess, but no shell to be seen. I am very worried that the shell is inside her. I read a number of posts about how to deal with an eggbound hen, so in a little while we will bathe her and break out the vaseline. I will keep her inside for the next few days until she improves or lays an egg or something! The yolk in the nesting box may not even be from this bird, but since she is lethargic I am going to assume that it is her. I have Tylan, so should I also start her on it? And do you recommend feeding her a little olive oil? Now I have 1 more possibility, albeit a little far fetched. A fox went after the chickens for the first time Saturday evening. The fox came very close to taking this chicken. It chased her out of the woods, so I don't know if there was ever any contact between the two. About 20 of my pullets ganged up on the fox and it ran away. Is it possible that she is traumatized from the fox encounter? I cannot find any cuts or scratches on her.