One of our Barred Rock hens just recently started laying. 5 1/2 months old. I noticed she's got an egg that seems to be too big to come out, and it's not terribly smooth. There's a partial membrane preventing the egg from emerging fully. I don't know if she's just got a swollen vent.. too big an egg or the pooper shooter canal is prolapsed. We have done the warm bath.. got the goo off, wrapped her in a towel, slopped her down with generic prep-H.. tried to get a finger in to help the egg out. That didn't work. We tried to to make a hole in the egg.. also no success. (not sure what implement we should use to make a hole either) When she's not pushing, we can barely see the egg. She seems to be sucking it back inside herself. Oh.. and the prep-H did unswell her some. She's not stopped eating and drinking, and judging by the goo on her butt before the bath, not stopped pooping. any other suggestions.. we're very new at this stuff. below is a picture of her straining to get the egg out.. up close and personal.. warning.. it's not pleasant... She oozed a little poo at the same time so the egg looks more irregular than it is in person. I just don't know what to do for her now.