I witnessed a rather odd behavior today. I was sitting watching my 8 pullets taking their evening dust baths, pecking and scratching around. Of the 8 hens, 6 lay brown eggs and 2 lay green. One of the green layers (Amaracauna) is not laying yet so all but the one layed today. I noticed one of the RIR fluff up and stop pecking around. She stood there as if frozen. She was all fluffed up and her rear end lifted in the air and slowly started to lower. My first thought was she was getting ready to poop and perhaps constipated or something. Then out popped a tranluscent shelled egg. I could tell it was soft shelled and almost clear. Within a second all 7 hens ran to the egg, popped it and gobbled it up faster than I could get out of my chair. What is strange to me is that I know she laid an egg earlier, can they lay 2 a day? should this have been tomorrow's egg? All of them are laying in the nest boxes. Why did she drop it in the run and not in the nest? And the biggest question, why did the other hens run to eat it yet don't eat the ones in the nest every day.. Ideas?