That's a catchy blog title, huh? For a while, we've noticed that Sarah (she's the red one above) doesn't seem to lay very often, although she does sit in the nest box regularly, and recently, she and Bessie each decided that it was TIME to lay an egg, so they just both got in.
Anyway, we took her to the chicken man (who is wonderful, if you're local and in need of a good chicken man), and he said she had a lot of fluid in her body cavity. He gave us the name of the one vet he was aware of in our county who sees chickens.
The vet thinks she has a hernia. We think she was born with it, because she's always seemed like she had a little extra in the breast/body. Being chicken newbies, we just thought that was her usual physique.
Anyway, she's not in pain, and surgery would probably be more traumatic, so she'll live out her (not very egg-productive) days in our little backyard.
She's the top hen, and she has a wonderful personality, so we're happy to have her.
However, I have been lobbying for a bigger coop so we can get another one. We'll see how that goes. I usually win these arguments; it just takes a while.