I started out with two chickens, and by the grace of chicken gods (or devils), was gifted a full grown Light Brahma (hen-about 1 1/2 years old) and Jersey Giant (pullet- 7 months old). I quarantined them first (the Brahma had scaly leg mites so I treated her and the Jersey together) and then after quarantine was over (4 weeks) and they looked healthy and with no sign of mites, I introduced them to my two easter eggers. It didn't go so badly at all, and they sorted out the pecking order pretty quickly. My one Easter Egger (Bear) has always been the shy and less adventurous of my original two, and she immediately ended up on the bottom of the pecking order, which didn't surprise me as her EE sister Goldie always bossed her around, and there was very little pecking at all during this time, she just accepted her place in the order of things. Now, to my current problem: the Light Brahma consistently breaks the shy EE's eggs. She doesn't touch my other Easter Egger's eggs, nor does she break the Jersey Giants, but unless I am there within 5 minutes of my shy Easter Egger laying, the Light Brahma breaks her eggs. I kept thinking my one EE was deficient in calcium because I kept finding broken eggs. I realized it was the Brahma only because I noticed that although I have 2 nest boxes, the Light Brahma was pestering my shy girl for the box she was currently laying in, and immediately pecked and kicked out my EE's egg, and I was lucky enough to be checking the coop at the time so I could grab it before she did any further damage. Not sure if the Brahma is eating the eggs, as many of the broken ones I've found still have yolk/white inside, although a few didn't but they were so smashed I had no idea if it leaked out or if one of them ate it. She isn't doing this to any of the other girl's eggs- I have come home to find perfectly intact eggs from my other EE and the Jersey, she just does it to the one shy chicken. I have even found her sitting on the other two's eggs while laying and not a scratch on them. I have no clue how to break her from doing this. I do like the Brahma, and she does lay, albeit less than my EEs and Jersey (I get 2-3 eggs a week from the Brahma where I get at least 5 -6 eggs a week from each of the other three), and my daughter just adores her b/c of her size and hug factor. But, I'd seriously consider the stew pot if it wasn't for my daughter loving the big white fluffbutt so much. So, does anyone have a clue what I can do? This is what I tried so far: I tried adding another nest, but the Brahma will gravitate to wherever the shy EE is and hover over her until she lays. Putting golfballs in all the nests to try to confuse the Brahma (no clue if it will help, but I heard it helps deter egg eating, so maybe if she tries to break the golf balls and can't) Rushing to the nest in the early a.m. in hopes to find the shy one laying and grab the egg (she tends to lay early in the a.m., so this has worked a few times, but sometimes I don't get out there in time. Constantly checking to see if my EE is laying and lock out the Brahma from the coop. Although I haven't done this, I am considering isolating the Brahma from the rest of the flock, or isolating the shy hen, although I would hate to do this since they all get along just fine outside of nest box and do great foraging together and such. Not sure if isolating one of them is the answer, either. Not sure what else I can do to break the Brahma's habit or why she would break only this one hen's eggs and not the others. I hope someone can give me some insight and/or suggestions. Sorry my post is so long, I just wanted to give little background. Thank you!