My Australorp, Betty, has been in the house since last Friday. She was trying to lay her first egg and it turned out to be a double yolker with a soft shell. We got the egg out on Monday and watched daily for signs of poisoning or deterieration. I'm delighted to say, she has perked up on a daily basis, her rear end is back to a calm state and she is currently familiarising herself with our utility room! However, she is reluctant to eat her normal layer pellets. We've tried a few things to encourage her to eat them again - such as grinding them and making a mash, mixing them with scrambled egg - she's not interested in them on their own, but she will eat the scrambled egg mix and brown bread. We don't want to let her out with the other two (in an enlosed house and run) until she is eating her pellets again. We give ours access to pellets and water all day and occasional treats through the week. I've taken advice on various foods to try and have tried most, if not all of them with her. She's just not that interested and we're worried she'll get thinner and thinner. Also, if anyone has any advice or experience on reintroducing her to the other two, that would be great. I read that night time was best and they are sensitive to how "new" chicks smell. Suggestions and thoughts much appreciated!