Good day to all - I'm new and a little shaky at the forum thing, please bare with me. My Australorp chicken (not yet a year old) is eggbound. I took her in on Saturday about 12 pm as she was lethargic and clearly not right. Since then, myself and my partner have kept her in a warm and quiet environment with access to food and water and dry bedding. We've taken advice of past posts by giving her warm baths (for up to about 10 minutes), massaging her abdomen, "oiling" her vent and steaming her - each time getting her as dry as poss afterwards (with a hairdrier, who would have thought they'd like it?!). Last night about 6 pm, with close inspection on her maximum pushes, an egg-type thing was visable, though grey and not very hard. I took a pencil (clean and unused) and pierced the egg. I know this could cause danger but I felt it might release the pressure and help. Right enough, two egg yolks and whites spewed from her bum and the swelling seemed to be relieved. BUT I am now very fearful that she a) has the remains of shell in her as she has not seemed to pass any in her poo and b) that the shell may have caused damage to her insides and c) that she won't be able to pass her next egg. This is, I am certain, her first attempt at laying as she is the youngest of 3 - by I guess about a month. The other two lay happily and are bright and breezy as normal. We didn't expect our little one (Betty) to be laying as we still thought her too young... She doesn't seem as developed as the other two. They are all Australorps (forgive spelling!). Can anyone advise on next step/what to watch for/any further things we can try? I'm really not the type of person to give up on an animal if something can be done to help. We are considering going to vets tomorrow for some antibiotics if they even provide them - I'm not sure. We managed to feed her a dose of vermex but other than that she's not eating really anything. Please help, many thanks Jen PS my partner just phoned to say she's just been sick - kind of foamy he said. Any ideas? Other than that, she had had a quiet night and morning as far as we could tell.