Campbell hen acting strangely--at least for a little while. Went apart by herself--limping--settled down in the grass, closed her eyes, breathed heavily--sometimes even emitting a soft 'grunt'. I've not seen any other of our hens act thus. I was concerned as I watched this go on and on. So I thought I didn't want to risk losing her if she was eggbound (very heavy in the abdomen, btw.). At one point, as she sat there, breathing heavily with eyes closed, I saw her gear up at the butt end. I thought, aha, maybe she'll lay the egg and relieve herself. All she did was poop. This sort of added to my concern about her being egg-bound. If she was that distressed, and obviously had at least one egg in her, AND ALL SHE COULD DO WAS POOP.........!!!! So I caught her--never even a quack out of the poor girl. I gently rubbed her abdomen and belly for a few minutes, then let her go. Within a minute she went into the big cage with a bunch of other Campbell hens, and promptly let out a large THIN SHELLED egg. By her jestures, she seemed happy. Then a minute or so later, all the girls came out of the cage, and she joined them in running about and chasing bugs! I picked up, then went inside, came back out for something, and there was another small THIN SHELLED egg, this time outside. Still real warm. I think it was the same girl who laid this one, also. QUESTIONS: 1. Maybe I should have just let her be and not coaxed the egg along??? (But she seemed in genuine distress, unlike anything I have yet seen in our layers). Maybe she would have passed it tonight? (Or maybe she would have died???) 2. I wonder if the shell would have been thicker if I had just let her be and not possibly 'induced' labor by rubbing her abdomen. What I mean is: If the egg could have stayed inside a bit longer, maybe more calcium would have gone around the egg???????????? (But I tend to doubt this.......) BTW, they do have calcium free choice, and I 've started putting some into their food. They don't seem to take it out of the calcium chip bowl I put out for them............ So maybe I've saved her life, or maybe I 'wasted' some time; but I did what I thought best.