So 7/24 my son and his friend found an egg in the coop. Wahoo! First eggs. Then after searching the yard, they found a soft, pong-size egg in the garden. That evening my husband found another soft pong-size egg in a different area of the yard. The ladies had started squatting about 1-2 weeks prior. We have 3 sex links, 1 ameracauna and 1 australorp. All but the australorp were squatting. About every other day I find a perfect, hard shell brown egg in the coop. I do not know who is laying them (I work 8-5 Mon-Fri). Then 2 days ago I went out to feed them scraps and saw them tearing apart another soft pong-size egg. Obviously we weren't going to eat them but someone just laid it right there in the walkway. My ladies free range. They're about 5.5 months old now. I was thinking the soft egg was sort of the first egg for each of the hens and then we would see an increase of the hard shelled ones. Maybe I am wrong? Since one is laying hard shelled eggs, is it possible someone else is laying soft shell even though they all eat the same food? Are these soft eggs the first eggs chickens lay before laying? Why am I not getting more eggs from more ladies? I'm going to scour the yard tonight and see if they've been hiding them.