We are kinda new to this chicken thing. I love them to death and they make me happy, even though they have not been laying very much (maybe 1 a week and there are 7 hens). We are not big egg eaters, but I wanted the chickens to add to the farm-ness of our place and help out with the pests. So, we let the chickens out of the coop for the first time since being at our place (for 3 months) and as we were persuading them (ha ha ha! that was funny!) to go back in before dark one of the hens laid an egg and the others swarmed to eat it up and chased each other for the shell. should I be worried and is that why we don't find any eggs? they are not aggressive about eating the eggs or for anything else. curious!!