My September babies are laying now. The australorp has produced a total of 3 eggs. The first 2 were found with the air cap end cracked. I padded the nest boxes more thickly. Today I was in and out of the coop all day until I saw her settle in. I watched her for about a half hour-45 minutes as she panted, twisted 180's and shuffled her feet. I left, had a shower and when I returned she was on the perch and her egg was smashed to a pulp. I couldn't tell if it had been eaten or pecked. I didn't notice egg on her beak. She could have stepped on it I guess. I only have 2 and a half hens (one is a bantam) so I'd prefer to have the eggs for myself, not smashed in the nest boxes... Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I built the boxes to size outlined in all the books (14x12x12") and there are 3 boxes lined with wood chips. They are on layer ration. She is the lowest on the pecking order too. Are smashed eggs common? Would a hen learn by her 3rd egg to eat them?? Is there anything I can do?