Okay, so the cold weather is here, and egg laying has slowed way down; but the other day......and then again this evening......there was 'something' weird hanging from one of my Sussex's butt! It was just hanging there, so I helped it out by grabbing the end with a paper towel. Then I saw the exact same thing going on with one of the other Sussex! (Helped her out as well.....ewwwww!) It's hard to describe, and I neglected to take a picture, but it was off white in color.....about 4-4 1/2 inches long......wrinkled, length-ways, kind of like a deflated balloon! I thought it was some sort of internal worm (tape worm, perhaps?) so I wormed them with Wazine, and will follow in 10 days with 'pour-on Ivermectin'. Then, this evening I went into the coop after dark.......when they were all roosting already....and Of course, everyone then hops down to explore for what treats I might have dropped.........then one of the chickens hops back on the roost, and bends over to nab something off the droppings board. When I looked to see what she was after, it was another one of those deflated balloon, wrinkled, off-white things.........................but this time these was some yellow yoke at one end! So now I am thinking all these 'worm-y' looking things might be malformed, cold weather "eggs"?????????? Any ideas folks? Ever seen or heard of something like this???? Also, how long to withold eating eggs after wazine and ivermectin please? Thanks and Merry Christmas to all!