Josephine, one of my more voracious hens (Light Brahma 8 months old) suddenly is not eating and her tail is drooping. Her crop is very big and feels like it is filled with silly putty. When palpating, I can make it into crazy shapes and it will stay like that until it relaxes back on its own after a few minutes. Whatever is in there is very dense and does not feel like the other girls crops at all. It is definitely not grass they have only a little hay in their nesting boxes, otherwise they have pine shavings. The girls have a 25x16 caged run and their coop. Normally they go out every morning and evening for a supervised walk (we have hawks) but they have been confined for the past week and a half because of the late fall application our natural grass care guys use (I think it is lyme pellets). So their food has been 'normal' - pellets and fresh fruit and veggies every day, scratch and dried mealworms. Once a week Kefir and once a week cider vinegar soaked oats. I cannot get her to drink. I've tried oil and cider vinegar water with electrolytes. She will only take down a tiny bit if I put some on my fingers and stroke the underside of her beak. I have been massaging her crop (she does not mind) but it does not seem to change the feeling - I cannot detect rocks, or hay or pine shavings - it really feels like silly putty. Please help!