You may remember several weeks before Christmas I had a sick hen that I thought was egg bound. I did all the egg bound stuff and she did not pass an egg. Took her to the vet where I work ( we do not see chickens) and we x-rayed her figuring if there was an egg we would be able to see it, there was nothing. You can feel a large hard lump in her abdomin and the vet did find an abcess just inside the vent. We put her on antibiotics for the abcess. Several days later she passed some yokes, but not eggs. Since then she has been in the house over night and on cold days. Her health has not improved any as she still has the hard lump. She drinks tons of water and has very watery stools. On sunny days I let her back out with her friends. She usually spend some time each night sitting with me, and has started purring. She also like to snug her head up under my hair and rub her face on mine. Ok so here I go setting myself up for a broken heart again, but I just can't help it.