I have two EEs who are a year old this month. One of them laid a soft-shelled egg in January, and then again one in Feb. The other laid about 20 eggs over a one month period in January; then she stopped. I think they are sisters. My other girls (barred rock and two production reds) have each consistently laid 5-6 eggs a week since last fall. Those eggs are so thick they are hard to crack (so I know enough calcium is available). However, as we get closer to the molt, their eggs are getting paler and paler. Are these two issues normal; is it normal to have hens that just don't lay? Is it normal for eggs to become paler as hens age (the same thing happened to my "trial hens", which were game hens, so perhaps that is normal). Any thoughts?