My favorite hen, Barb. Suggestions, please. She is not doing well. May be close to the end, but I'm always hoping. Over the past few months she has been declining. I have twice previously brought her in house for extra care, which perked her up enough to put her back in flock. Yesterday child brought her to me (common theme in my house.) Barb was really pale, eyes closed even in child's arms. She's a super friendly, lovey hen but even this is odd of course. Put her in a box by the space heater, offered water and then a scrambled egg. Barb slept, all hunched and fluffed, for a good hour before waking to drink. She ate a few small pieces egg but drank a bunch. She then went back to sleep. Left house for approx 2 hours. Hadn't moved from her box but was smoothed down and cozy. She woke and clucked at us some, drank almost excessively 3+ little dishes of water (guess: 1cup total.) Transferred her to an actual pet crate for the night. It's 7:15AM and she's mostly just sleeping. Got her to drink a little, one big stinky wet poo I'm not desperate to take a pic of just yet. Egg is still in bowl. What I know, trying to not draw conclusions: Barb has history of battling mites, all summer. The last 2 times I did mite check, she was appearing to finally win. Not to say everyone couldn't use another spray. We averaged 40s here until this week. Hit with a serious, sudden deep freeze with record lows plus windchills below 0. We don't even have heating oil yet, it was so unexpected. I presume this is just as hard on animals. Coop has deep litter, and it feels frozen solid. We went from trying to decide how to winterize water systems to having sudden water ice blocks. At least for now, we've placed a shallow rubber livestock pan in coop+run for water. It doesn't seem to freeze as quickly and easier to remedy, but a few times they were solid on top with chicens pecking it when I went out. I don't know how long they went without during those times (water normally checked 3x day or so but that doesn't mean every bird drank what they needed to first.) Barb started molting about 10 days ago. Poor dear. No bald patches, but lots of weird feather lengths and new growth not out of shafts yet. She must be extra cold outside! Over summer she has lost weight considerably. She was never a fat hen, but now she's super light and petite. Boney. One episode over the summer seemed to be the overabundance of mites. The second episode involved her crop. Treated first for impaction and then for sour. She appeared to recover from that. She's about 5. We haven't seen her lay in a long time, possibly came to us not laying in March. She has shown no issues in her vent region, no belly swelling, etc. With her serious mite problem early summer, I wouldn't think her body could handle egg production too. The Roo seems to take care of her but I've never seen him mate her, maybe that's anthropomorphic to think he knows she's an old lady lol. Her crop is not full, even when she came in yesterday. She is not top pecking order but has never been bullied around either. Her gentle nature seems to win other chickens over. 7:40, got her moving around a bit. She pecked egg, drank, fell asleep standing. Yes, its normal for her to be at peace with the dog. Both creatures are super gentle.