So one of my girls is "in labour". She is struggling bad. She is just a classic brown layer but she is one of my girls! My husband and I have 5 sons and my hens are the closest thing to a daughter that I have so they are MY girls! Anyhoo, 18 months old Brunelle has been breathing heavily and her vent is prolapsed. I palped her abdomen, there is an egg. A big one. She usually lays every day a very big, round and hard shelled egg. Every day. Yesterday she didn't lay. Neither did she today. We went to the coop tonight to check up on her and we could hear her breathe through the walls. Poor thing! I have a girlfriend who is used to hens and she told me to lube up a finger and lube the vent inside and out (Eeeek!). I did, I could feel the egg; it's right there and it's massive. I hoped that the lube (organic olive oil) would help her pass the egg but it didn't. I don't know if I'm just an idiot but I could feel a membrane between the egg and my finger. She eats and drinks well and will run for fruits so she still has good spirit. Help??