I have a Silkie. named Ashes, DOB 6/15/10 so a little over 6 months old, and weighs 1lb 12 oz Today, Ashes ran to her coop and sat in one of the nest boxes... this is the first time she has ever shown any interest in the nest boxes (I kind of thought she was a Roo). She sat there for over two hours and no egg. I could see her breathing really heavy and her back side going up and down. I didn't want to disturb her because I heard you shouldn't bother them when they were laying. Finally, I talked to her and she got up and walked out of the coop, singing a little hen song. But I looked in the nest and there is no egg. I watched her for a while and she was still breathing heavy so I brought her into the house. She is eating and drinking but seems to be standing still more than usual. I have two other girls, about the same age and they just go into their nest and lay eggs pretty quickly... this is my first experience with chickens so I don't know when I should panic? Is it normal for a chicken to take alot of time when she is laying her first egg? Should I be doing anything to help her along? I tried rubbing her belly to back area to see if I could feel an egg and i can't really tell if i feel anything hard but she honked when I rubbed her down there -- I'm not sure if that meant I was hurting her? I took Ashes to the Vet about 3 weeks ago because she was sneezing and it cost me over $500 and they gave me some medicine but it really didn't work. Financially, I really can't afford to take her back to a vet unless someone can recommend someone in San Antonio that is not as expensive. I've tried some things I have seen on here for her sneezing, honking, and head shaking and I think she is a little better-- and I have looked today for advise on Ashes's egg laying issue and have seen lots of stuff on chickens being egg bound... but I don't know if I am over-reacting. Should I be worried or could this be normal? Like so many people on here, these are my babies, my pets, they are part of the family. I would be absolutely devestated if anything happened to her because I didn't know what to do. If anyone has any suggestion or ideas, please please share them with me. I am really scared.