I have a almost 7 month old hen who is either laying or just about to lay who since yesterday has been walking funny and squawking up a storm. At first I thought she was just getting ready to lay but today was was wondering in and out of the nesting boxes and looking distressed. I think she is maybe egg bound. I looked up some information about the condition on line such as a hard abdomen, inflamed vent, feeling for the egg through the vent and such. I can't tell if her abdomen is hard and I can't feel an egg but her vent was red and swollen. I lubed her up pretty good with Vaseline while I was in there and I applied hemorrhoid cream to her vent as were the instructions I read online. Her vent looks much better and she has already passed two stools. She also no longer squawking.
My question is this; could these symptoms be of another problem since I do not feel an egg in there? What else should I look at?