My little hen, Blondie, was in the proecess of laying her first egg today and it got stuck in her vent - I came home to a prolapsed vent with the soft egg stuck inside - so graphic to see. I took a picture but it's on my phone. Anyway, we took her inside, washed it up (there was poop everywhere too). I couldn't coax the egg out the vent - it wouldn't dialate at all using vasaline etc. So, since it was soft, I poked a small hole with a pin and squeezed the guts out of the egg, then was able to pull the soft shell out intact. After that I was easily able to gently coax the vent/insides back in. The problem is that when they are in there, she begins to pulsate like she's laying another egg and pushes it back out. We have her in a quiet back room in the dark, no food, no water right now. I checked on her a few minutes ago and it was back out again so I pushed it back in. Every time I do that I have to sit with my hand holding it in for a few minutes though before it stays on it's own. I'm so sad - she was one of my sweetest birds. I swear, I have had an unusual amount of problems with my 6 birds. A VERY hard start to the whole chicken thing. VERY hard. One problem after another. Just yesterday my friend was over admiring how healthy my birds are, I was just breathing a sigh of relief after all we've gone through to get to this point. And now this! What I wonder is, has anyone ever had sucess wtih a bird actually recovering from a prolapse like this? I could say this is extreme, it was not bleeding or cut however. I have very little hope for a permenant recovery. I am just waiting for my son to get home from school to say goodbye - she is his bird.