If a chicken is egg bound can they still have regular pooping? Amber Dash is going on 18 weeks and has started to gasp for air for about a week now. She has a healthy appetite and drinking water. She isn't too hot. No hot air comes out when she gasps. Her crop empties and no bad breath. I thought maybe she ate something outside she wasn't suppose to like ferns. And she became nervous. She still preens. But she doesn't like being picked up and she is used to being handled.when I feel above her vent and to the sides of vent it feels hard. But I can't tell if that means there is an egg in there. She is pooping normal. No discharge from her mouth, nose or eyes. Sometimes the gasping is like every minute.took her to the vet at three weeks for the gasping but she was also very weak that time. Antibiotics, and oral steroids helped that time. TIA.