While I understand from my reading this is 'normal-ish' for new layers...I think we may have contributed to it as well. We had been feeding grower to our 18 week olds and started getting eggs on 7/1. It was a soft thin shelled egg, laid from the roost..and survived the fall. Since then we are getting membrane only eggs (always laid from the roost and not surviving the drop!) I was finally able to get to the feed store for layer feed and oyster shell. My question is how long until I might notice an improvement? Is this more of a new egg layer problem, lack of nutrient problem or a mix of the two? We got one of those weird 'umbilical cord' looking eggs today. I tried to do a search because I recall someone posting a picture, couldn't find it. What is that all about?? Also, the eggs have consistently been laid from the roost. There is a golf ball in the nest. The nest is clean. It's private. What more do they want?!? The nest has been checked out, sat upon...but no egg laid in it! Arrrgggg..... They are young, right? They will learn? Patience? Thanks! ~L.