Ok... so I have a EE/cochin mix (bantam) who just began laying in the last couple of weeks. The concern that I have is that when she's in the nest box laying, she's usually in there for several hours. My other two that have been laying for over a month have never taken even close to that long to lay. Is this normal? Is it a new layer issue that will sort itself out eventually? She's not egg bound and does lay an egg almost daily. She just seems to have a hard time getting it out. When looking in at her, she appears to be having "contractions" or straining since I can see her butt area and tail moving in that way. If this isn't normal or something that will work itself out with age, is there anything I can do to help her? I'm worried that she's going to give herself a prolapse (I've checked and so far everything looks good still) or become egg bound at some point. Her eggs are actually quite small, so it's not an abnormally large egg problem, but they do seem to be quite round and fat most of the time. Thanks in advance for the help! I'm new at this whole chicken thing and get nervous easily.