So i've had my hens (got them grown from a neighbor) for about 3 months, they've been in a coop and a small covered run for about 2 months now, we're TRYING to build a big pen out in front so they can free range (they used to free range and roost in trees, neighbors abandoned them) but it seems like we're never able to get around to building it, anyway... They've been laying well, i bought them some new feed, Organic layer feed from Scratch and Peck which they love but it seems their egg laying has dropped off just a BIT and this morning i found in the pen an egg and it was pecked open and eaten! Keep in mind i'm a brand new chicken owner and doing the best i can --providing organic feed (in addition to their pellets) and grit, oyster shell, water with probiotics and electrolytes, i give them fresh fruit and grass, doing all i know how to do Q: 1) is this normal to occasionally find an egg in the run eaten like this? i think it was laid out in the run. All their other eggs seem normal, this one might have been thin shelled. 2) i am wondering if i should just let them out to free range and build the pen when we can? i'm worried about boredom but especially worried that they won't go in at night even though i've been told at 2 months in the coop and run they'll most likely return (they took very well to the roost and nesting boxes) Could y'all weigh in on what you would do about just opening the door during the day (keeping it open) and trusting they'll go back in at night or should i just keep waiting until the pen is up? And should i be worried about the egg? THANKS for any help!!