Hi All, this morning, my son noticed clear fluid coming out of a hens vent. She was puffed up, and slow moving. We got ahold of her and I helped massage the egg out of her. it was soft shelled. this hen has been 'bunged up' before. One time in the evening, as all laying hens were roosting, I could see an egg crowning. I massaged that one out as well. It was hard-shelled that time. I have on numerous occasions, seen soft shells lying about--in all sorts of places--not knowing who was laying them, but now I am convinced it was Victoria. this behaviour started when I introduced the bantams (one being a rooster)into the barn. The bantams were quarantined for a couple of weeks, and the laying hens and bantams basically have left each other alone--no problems. The only difference is that I feed scratch to the bantams, and, yes, the hens eat the scratch too. they also eat their layer crumbles (the bantams wouldn't eat it). i have left out crushed egg shells, out , mixed it in with the scratch, and regularly mix the crushed shells in yogurt about once or twice a week. Just to mention that Victoria is my daughters favourite hen--is their anything I can do for her? i might be able to rig something up so that the hens can't get the scratch. The bantams can fly and the hens can not. --if that might be the problem. (although i'm not totally convinced this is it, since I think they are getting enough calcium--is there anything else it could be?) Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.