Some of my chickens started laying a couple of weeks ago. Things seemed to be going great, but this week isn't going very well and I'm not sure if what we are experiencing is normal or if I'm doing something wrong. My EE laid her first egg Saturday and not one since. That has me concerned. Then Tuesday morning, I found 2 soft shelled eggs on the poop board under the roost. They were right on top of each other, so I am thinking they came from the same bird...what's up with that? Now today, we only got 3 eggs when we have been getting 4-6 every day. One of them was in a nest with no other eggs...the shell was covered in dried yolk. The pine shavings in the nest box were yellow stained with yolk and even the bottom of the box had a big wet looking stain from it. Do I have an egg eater or some more of my girls starting to lay and just trying to get the hang of things? Maybe a yolk got through without a shell? I looked everywhere for little pieces of egg shell, but I didn't see anything that led me to believe someone ate it. But I'm new to all of this and don't really know what to look for. I do feed their egg shells back to them, but only after they are thoroughly rinsed and crushed up and mixed with other treats. Someone told me that would cause them to start eating eggs, so maybe I have made a terrible mistake by doing that. My Grandma always did that, so I figured it was good for them. I work, so I am not home all the time to watch what they are doing. How do I know if I have an egg eater?