Help! We rescued a baby chick 22 weeks ago, have learned about chicken care off the internet and felt we were ready for it all. Now my pullet has laid 10 of her first eggs and each one has been a bigger production, taken longer and required more intervention from me. I see they are slightly bigger each day, which I guess is expected. I got her oyster shell from Scratch n' Peck and put it between her water and grit but she just won't eat it so I've been sprinkling calcium citrate on her food and treats. Three times now I've had to give her a warm bath - which she hates, massage, and extra calcium citrate to get that egg out. This is after three or four hours of struggles. Today when she started carrying on in her run, I just let her go thinking maybe she's figured out when she does this she gets to come in the house and hang out with mom. After four hours I gave in, and brought her in for a warm epsom soak and more calcium. She ran around to all the areas where she's laid eggs before, getting under towels I have laid out for her and furniture for two hours but no egg. Then she went under the towel for 20 minutes, stayed very quiet like she does when she's actually laying and emerged. I breathed a sigh of relief and went to collect the egg - NOTHING THERE!! I've torn the place apart looking for this egg. No egg. (This must be how the Easter Egg hunt began!) In the meantime, she's fine now, eating, drinking, pooping and pecking around. Crop is good, comb is red. Is she smart enough to fake distress or can their bodies just reabsorb and egg that is stuck in the oviduct? Could she be in trouble without showing signs of it? Did I get chicken punked?! She looks like a Dutch Wellsummer but is probably mixed with other breeds as she came from wild stock.