First time poster, mainly out of desperation. On Dec 26th, one of my Easter Eggers, "Princess Leia", tried to lay her first egg. When I mean "try", she wasn't able to because the shell had a couple hard lumps stuck to it. I took her inside, greased up her heinie with vegetable oil and eventually got it to shoot out. I thought that the cold weather that we have could have been a reason she was having trouble, so I put hay in a bathtub, along with Princess and her two sisters, and let them stay there overnight and for part of the morning (in case they ALL were starting to lay). The next day, I noticed that Princess' egg tract was prolapsed. I looked around online to see how I could help, tried it, and it wouldn't work. I took her to the vet, and she had gotten a partial purse-string suture. I thought all was finally well, but no, it wasn't. Today, she's trying to lay another egg, but her vent just won't open enough for me to even see part of the shell, and she's been straining so much to try to push it out. I used vegetable oil again, and from the advice of a vet my dad knows, Vaseline. No luck. The vet clinic that gave her the suture (and me a $116.55 bill) isn't open today, so demanding that they fix this isn't a solution right now. Another vet place that IS open is half-an-hour drive away and they charge an $80 examination bill This string of "unfortunate events" is all on MY shoulders; my parents left to go visit relatives the day Princess tried to lay her first egg. My mom says that she could have an anatomical problem, but I think it's due to the "suture" she had gotten. I don't know which is correct, but I really don't want her to die or have to be put down. I don't know what to do, and I don't want her in pain. I'm worrying myself sick about what I should have done to prevent this, and what I should do. Can someone please help me on what to do?