I seem to have had nothing but problems with the four chickens I originally bought. This time, Bea had been sitting in the nest box for 36 hrs or so and not laying. She wasn't coming out to eat either. I could feel an egg present, so I did what other chookie owners do and put her in some warm water for a while topping it up to keep it warm. Then wrapped her in a towel to dry off and keep warm (not too warm weather here at the moment!). No results. Eventually took her to the vet, chook had an injection and this induced the egg some 4-5 hours later (this was last night). Chook put in coop for the night. She came out this morning, had breakfast and went straight back in the nest box at 6.30 a.m. it's now 4.00 p.m. Still no egg. She has only been out once, briefly, to feed. I have vaselined her vent and inside. She has been a good layer and no problems since nursing her back to good health and good weight. At the present tho she is losing weight albeit slowly but she isn't eating or scratching (she is free range). We have no cockerel. Throughout the whole time she has been 'clucky' and all fluffed up and doesn't want to stand up properly and really objects to me if I move her at all (even to put her to bed). Is she just a broody hen? Is there anything else I can do or should I just leave her be. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.