I would try K-Y before vaseline. I am a noob but our first chicken to lay eggs was badly egg bound but we didn't know
My husband called someone who told him to help her with the egg which he did...a wee lil brown egg (she was a black silkie named Roxanne). Anyway, the membrane never went back in so the next day my husband cleaned it as best he could. She died that night.
We only know 1 person who has chickens and he didn't seem overly concerned about the membrane not going back. Turns out (after looking online) we should have used some K-Y and pushed it back up....I don't know if that would have helped her...I would do as much research as possible.
This site is great for info and the people are sooo helpful and friendly. Unfortunately, I didn't find it until last week. But better late than never.
Sorry to just now be seeing this post. Cringed when I saw you first posted yesterday.
I don't want to alarm you but an eggbound bird can have heart failure from straining to get the egg out. I lost a beautiful hen (RIP Annie) in July to an apparent heart attack that occurred when her egg was just a few hours late - I had no idea she'd be in big trouble that fast, especially since she never once before had an egg laying problem. She wasn't even 2 yet
If you search "eggbound" lots of info should come up. Warm bath. Calcium. Lubricant. Keeping her in a dark quiet warm stress free place till this is resolved (dark will slow down further egg production)....
Hoping very much for a happy outcome - often it can work out with intervention soon enough.
I had an EE looking pretty puny today. Just sitting on a perch, or sitting outside, with her eyes closed. When she went back inside and sat on the perch, I remembered this thread, so I picked her up and, well, poked around to see if she might be egg bound. She's a young pullet, and I dont know if she's even laying yet. Couldnt feel anything. I went back outside, pulled up a chair, and prepared for a little chicken TV. A very young blue rock came running out of the shed, squawking like "I Have Something Wonderful And You Dont". I couldnt tell what it was, a piece of paper, what?? It looked like....I didnt know what...something floppy and white. I went in the coop, and right under where the pullet was sitting, was a smashed egg! She sat on her perch and laid an egg! So of course a few got a taste of yummy egg, so Im going to really have to keep an eye on them for a few days.
Also today, this morning, I was in the coop, and my splash rock hen was walking around like she had something stuck up her butt....she did, it was an egg. As she walked she....plopped out an egg.
Don't these girls read the manuals on how and where to lay eggs anymore? Is this the modern hen protesting their lot in life? Next thing they'll be picketing the coop, wanting to lay only 4 days a week, wanting double feed on Saturdays and Sundays. Its gonna get ugly around here.