Howdy all, My beautiful little Austrolorp seems egg bound. Saturday afternoon when I was at work, my partner said she didnt want to go to bed, he had to shoo her. My two chickens and five ducks all get locked up in a big shed at night but have free range of our front yard - bout a quarter acre - all day. Yesterday she didnt want to get off her nest at bedtime - she likes to lay in a garden up near the horse paddock - but had been pecking about with the other birds all day. I had to pick her up to take her to bed. She usually wont tolerate being handled. I made her walk the last part to check her out and she trotted in to bed fine. Came out this morning and ran around for food and water initially but then went to the nest at about 9am and hasnt moved since. I sat with her 3 times throughout the day, always feeling around for an egg, which I havnt yet found and massaging her pelvis a bit. She's flicking her tail and flexing her vent a lot. She seems tired but still bright. Ive given her water twice with a few drops of honey. Ive started thinking that because she doesnt like being handled maybe Im disturbing her and should leave her alone for a bit. Im happy to leave her out a little longer because I will be out late with the horses anyway, but she cant stay out forever. She only just started laying eggs about the 2nd week of december, and was about 18 weeks old then, I got her as a chick from the markets. She usually lays one or two very small but very wide eggs every second day. Any ideas on what I can do for my girl? Ive felt her up well and truly today and I cant feel an egg, but her muscles are definitely contracting. Im hoping because she's still just starting she is just sorting herself out. There she is my little Shiela. Any ideas would be most welcome, Thankyou.