I've looked all over this site and googled my hens symptoms but I've come up empty handed. Now I'm turning to my BYC friends for help. I have an 18 month old Speckled Sussex Eating and pooping is normal Walks and jumps on and off roost with no problems Eyes are clear and there are no other problems that I can see I've checked her for lice and mites and found none. Her coop is warm (they have a Sweeter Heater) they have plenty of crumbles and scratch and always have plenty of water and I use the deep litter method. Now for the problem. Her 'ankles' and 'knees' are swollen. They have been for the past 4 days. None of my other chickens are showing any signs of this. The only difference between her and my other girls is that she went through a hard molt in the Fall. She lost almost all of her feathers, her face became pale (normal) and she stopped laying. She has feathered out beautifully, is still pale and is not yet laying again. I looked through all of my new and old chicken books and nothing I've read describes what I am observing except in one old book from the 40's they talk about swelling of the joints in chickens that have gout. The chicken can't process the proteins properly because of kidney damage and the result is swollen joints. There is no know cure. Do you think that because she is not laying she has too much protein stored up? I look forward to your input.