I need some advice, please. We have a small flock of various hens..the favorite of all being a 5-year-old Aracauna hen who just started laying a bit this spring after a cold (and of course eggless) winter. She started losing feathers on her bottom a week or so ago but seemed just fine otherwise. Has a healthy appetite, drinks ok, and wanders around the yard and garden, as always, with the other hens. At night, all the hens go into their secure coop. Today we noticed more loss of feathers and a large, red, swollen area under her vent, about the size of a huge grapefruit. The area is pretty soft and there is no diarrhea or odd droppings noticeable. From what I've read on this site (I just registered today) it seems she may be egg-bound? In which case nothing much can be done, as I understand? Or am I missing something? Thanks for any and all help. I appreciate it.