I have three Egyptian Fayoumis. I've never had chickens before and have only had these since July. They are about 6 months old. We were told they'd be laying in September but we haven't seen a single egg yet. (I've just read that giving them scraps as well as pellets can upset the balance of their nutrition so we'll stop doing that). Anyway, next door just got a cockerel which I thought might move things along a bit, and one of our hens has been acting funny all day. She looks like she wants to lay an egg - squatting and looking like she's straining, walking funny, standing in the nesting box or in the coop and hardly moving. She droops her head and her comb has flopped over a bit. She seems very lethargic but will still run away if we go in the enclosure. I noticed some blood in the nesting box. Do you think she might be egg bound? Or is this normal for a chicken when she first starts laying? A friend said his chicken took 4 or 5 hours to lay its first egg. I was worried that if she didn't lay it by nightfall another one might come up behind it and get stuck. When I checked them just as it started to get dark she had come out of the nesting box and was roosting with the others. I will check when I go to open the coop in the morning. I hope to find an egg and not a dead chicken Someone advised me to use a glove and some vaseline and have a poke about but I'm not happy about doing it especially as I read it can break the egg and kill the bird. I have also read about giving them warm baths and massage, but there are two problems. One, I have a baby and have little time for anything other than caring for him, and two - they're a bugger to catch. My hubby has a day off work tomorrow so maybe we can do something but he's unsentimental and may not be as upset as me if anything happens to this chicken! Any advice gratefully received!