We've had our girls about 6 months now and we noticed one of them acting very stand-off'ish and not eating much. So the other day I picked her up and she was about half the weight she had been several weeks ago. After some research and advice we were told it was probably worms. We've yet to see any, but we are not out digging in chicken poo every day either. I've looked at some but I can't see any worms. They have never been wormed since we got them 6 months ago, ao I went to a local feed store ("Whites" in South Knoxville TN) and they sold me some capsules. Two for each hen. He said to give them one and then repeat in two weeks. For the life of me I can't remember what the name of it is but he told me to not eat the eggs for 10 days after we treated them. So for 5 weeks we can't eat the eggs and will just have to toss them. Since the hens are just coming out of their Molt, and the one being sick, we are only getting one egg a day (out of 4 hens)...so it's not that big of a loss. I just hate the though of buying store eggs and most everyone around here is not getting many eggs this time of year either. It was not fun trying to get the stronger hens to hold still while shoving a big capsule down it's throat. The weak one was easy but the "new" ruler of the roost put up a good fight spitting it back out several times. Even though they do not have teeth, one of them almost drew blood from me...lol. Have any of you used the capsule de-worming method? They were just 32 cents each and so far the sick one already seams to be acting better. Today we let them free range about two hours before dark and she was running around stealing food from the others and showing her dominance again. I hope she get back to the top of her pecking order.