Okay, I'll try to make this short. I have a hen who was trying to lay her first egg today, in the outside coop area. Anyway, for 3 hours she stood there stund like and kept pushing, little drips of the whitish fluid would come out but she couldn't get the egg out. It got dark and she went in to roost. I don't know if she will lay thru the night or can this kill her or what. What could I have done? I was sitting by her (outside the coop) and telling her to push and it will be okay but I don't really think she understood me. Anyway, I feel so bad for her. Could it just be a really big egg? UPDATE: Okay, so she went in to roost last night at 9pm and I went out there at midnite. She had finally laid the egg. Obviously it was broken, but she did get it out. It had a very brittle shell, I cleaned the whole area up so hopefully when they woke up this morning they didn't even have a speck to eat. Thanks for your support and ideas.