Yesterday (the 23rd) Lacey had a bit of poo sticking to the feathers around her vent. I got a hold of her and checked her out but everything looked good except for the poo feathers. This morning all the girls were trotting around the yard happy. Early this evening Lacey looked a little droopy in the tail, she was fluffed up and walking slowly when I called them all to the kitchen door. She is usually the first in line for a snack but this evening she was not interested. After they all went into the coop to bed down for the evening I went to check on her and found a small, squashy mass sticking to her rump just under her vent. This is Lacey Today is Christmas Day and this came out of our hen Lacey. It is not the gift I was hoping for. I made the photos large so you could really see what it looks like. It was just hanging on her feathers. The other hens had not noticed it so I reached in and grabbed it (ewww I know!) She didn't protest, just looked mildly annoyed that I was reaching around her nether regions. I had my husband get the pet carrier and I brought her inside. I gave her a warm soak and inspected her vent more closely (I am worried about prolapse) Her vent looks normal, not as pink as it has been, but nothing falling or sticking out. I am also worried about her possibly being egg bound, as the small amount of poo in the carrier was anemic looking and more along the lines of small blobs trying to stick together. After cleaning her up and drying her off I cleaned the carrier, put fresh bedding down, gave her water and a small bowl of layer mash mixed with warm water and yogurt (she ate a good deal of it) and settled her down in a quiet spot. Some internet searches came up with the term lash or a lash. Could this be a lash? She is about 31 weeks old, started laying about 2-3 weeks ago. She did not want to lay in the nesting boxes at first, preferring a leaf pile next to my compost bin. After confining the girls to the coop for two days (due to a hawk scare) she started laying in the coop but not in the boxes. All her eggs have had a little smear of poo on them. They are a light brown and about 2oz in weight. Any ideas about what this thing could be and what course of action I need to take if any? Tonight I am keeping her in the house for observation.