Egg binding is when the egg gets stuck in the hen’s vent. The damage to the hen from egg binding is serious and requires immediate attention. Lubricating the hen’s vent with your finger is one way to help the egg move freely again. Put lubricant on your finger, insert into the hen’s vent and massage the abdomen as you ease the egg out gently with pressure. If the egg does not come out with massage, you need to break it and remove the pieces completely. The gentler you are, the less chance you have of causing damage to the inside of the hen’s vent. Lacerations in the hen’s vent can become infected and cause the laying hen to become sterile.