My 20 month old hen, June, is sick. Two days ago I noticed she was acting unusual. She is normally very obnoxious and energetic, but that day she was quite lethargic - which is totally unlike her. Upon examination, I saw that her vent was very swolen and protuding out of her and it had pieces of egg shell hanging out. I did the best I could at removing each and every shell fragment and her swolen vent did go back inside of her. I figured she would be sore for a day or two so I've been keeping a close eye on her. This morning she is still quite lethargic and still shows no interest in any treats or eating. She doesn't seem to be losing any weight (yet). But she is definately not right. I've read about the treatment of being egg bound, but I want to be sure that's what we're dealing with before I try any of those treatments. Here are some other symptoms: She is sort of hunched up and there's a gape or part where her vent is. She does NOT keep visiting the nesting boxes like she feels the need to lay (as far as I can tell). Her stance is wide (not like the other hens whose legs seem close together). Her vent actually looks good and I can see some lubrication in there. I can't feel any egg shape in her abdomen, but it does seem larger than normal and is hard. Also I think she is the layer of the gigantic eggs that we get sometimes, so I'm wondering if this has become a problem for her? My chickens have access to oyster shell 24/7 and they're fed egg producer (extra protien). They're not free-ranging right now as they don't like the snow, but they get plently of greens everyday (spinach) and a couple apples to peck at. They also get sunflower seeds and a touch of scratch each day. Their coop is spotless and dry and they have a heater. I'm obsessive about taking care of them and they have a palace to live in, so I'm pretty sure I'm not dealing with disease. If anyone has any advice I would be so grateful. I'm willing to bring her in to the house and do anything to help her - I just want to make sure I'm on the right track. I just love her.