Does the first egg hurt?
My hens just started laying a week and a half ago, we are getting more eggs each day (YES!), yesterday we got 7. I've noticed when I think a hen is laying her first egg she seems like she is in labor (which she really is right?). Well I've heard some pretty horrible screaming in the coop during this process, a rythmic "balk" over and over until the egg gets layed. I feel awful poor girls but it doesn't seem to be an every egg occurance, I think it's that first egg.
I know I am so inexperienced with this but is the first egg really painful? does it get less and less as the hens mature?