My 5 girls were born Aug. of '09. Last winter they all began laying between Dec. and Feb.. Late this fall, and until very recently, they went through a molt. Most have still not started laying again which is to be expected with the winter down turn and the molting. However, I have now found a goopy nest box several times in the past weeks. There is no shell bits, but it looks as if the pine shavings have been soaked in egg goo or water. They get layer crumbles and have oyster shell available to them. It's be wicked cold up here, and although they have the opportunity to go out in the run, they are staying in for the most part. Does this sound like they are chowing down? Are they bored or lacking in some important nutrient or mineral? Could it be something else? I plan to add golf balls tomorrow and not just have the dish of oyster shell, but also add some to their food. I also hope to Provide them with some entertainment for these long winter days... any ideas?