I have two production reds and two leg horns and a rhode island red rooster. They are all around the same age, 17-18 weeks. The leg horns might be a week or two older, not really sure. One production red started laying about three weeks ago. She started out laying the soft eggs, which I know is not unusual. She would lay them in the roosting area, or on the ground, one time she actually laid it in the nesting box. However they were never a daily lay. Her first egg she went 2-3 days without laying, then laid an egg two days in a row. Her first hard egg was laid in the roosting area and broke, then the next day another soft. Finally got a normal egg and it was half eaten. I suspect that she might have laid more soft eggs before we checked them in the morning and they got eat maybe? After the normal eaten egg she didn't have an egg for a few days, laid another soft, then nothing for about 4 days now. We suspect the other production red may have laid a soft egg because there were two early one morning. But we are concerned that the days there are no eggs they have eaten it completely. We have laid a fake wood egg in there to try and trick them, check the nesting area early in the morning and before noon and before bed. We have odd work schedules so sometimes it gets checked more than that. We do not totally free range because we live way out in the country with way to many predators, including our dogs. We do however let them out (dogs not out at the same time LOL) for several hours twice a day when we are home, and for several hours (2-3) on busy work days (this is only twice a week when our work schedules over lap). We have found no evidence of egg laying outside of the nesting area either. They pretty much stay around the house and inside the yard. Does anyone have any advice? Could we have all egg eaters and just not find any residual evidence of it? Or is it normal for early layers to be so sporadic? Oh and we give them oyster shell, plenty of feed in the coop, plus all the goodies they get when they are out of the coop. The first chickens we had were leg horns and other than a few soft eggs at first they laid every day and were very predictable. Unfortunately they both died of different circumstances.