I have an almost 2 year old Buckeye hen who's got something going on with her, not sure what - this is my first sick hen. I thought at first she might be egg bound, not sure now. I had separated her, but since she's been acting better yesterday and today, I'd like to let her get back to the coop (I only have a pretty small box to keep her in separated), but I'm concerned about if she could be contagious. So, here is what happened/what I've noticed and what I've done. Any help would be much appreciated!! Monday morning when I went out to feed/collect eggs she was walking really funny - like a duck, her butt all low down and it was obviously very hard for her and just overall she did not look well. I had noticed one of the Buckeyes (we have two) looking a little off, off and on for maybe the week before - nothing really obvious so I wasn't sure - just sort of standing around more than the others. Anyway, so I brought her in, looked up on here and it seemed like egg bound was a good bet. So I let her soak a couple times Monday and kept her separated. She was eating some, but not a lot, and pooping some. Tuesday she was doing better. 2 more soaks (sort of, she wouldn't get down in the water), and she was standing normally and walking around a bit - looking overall a bit better. Today the same. She still pooping (though it looks pretty watery) and eating some. Monday when I took her out of the bath, I tried to get a look at her belly and it was red (from the warm water?) and felt kind of squishy, but that's the first time I think I really felt a hen's belly... Didn't feel any egg, but not confident I'd know it. Yesterday when she was preening after a bath, I noticed a fleshy growth on her back just above the tail feathers that she was picking at. She hasn't laid since she's been separated, and I have no way of knowing how long it's been since she has, since we have another Buckeye & other light brown egg layers... Thoughts? Thanks!