Lt. Ohura is trying to lay her first egg. She's been hunching for me for weeks. Then this morning when i went to get her and her buddies out of the shower (i've been keeping them in there at night due to the heat and smoke in the area), i found she had spent the better part of the morning making swirlies in the hay. Now she's out in the pen with several next boxes to choose from, but i don't think she's sure what to do. She's very fretful, pacing, into and out of nest boxes, trying to get out of the pen. My EE Penny went through a rough time also getting her first egg out, so i'm not panicking yet. i just feel bad for the little girl. i rubbed her abdomen and massaged around her vent, which she seemed to like. i guess i will just keep an eye on her and keep comforting her as best i can. Not easy being a midwife! Here she is with her friends. That's the Lt. on the left, then Twinkle-Toes (named for a gimpy foot she developed as a chick) and Maribou. Maribou just started hunching for me, so she will be next. Part of the Lt.'s problem may be that everyone wants to climb in the nest box with her to see what's going on.