I currently have only 2 hens due to a preying Bobcat (no longer as of 2 days ago) and I have no longer a rooster because of the predator. My birds all range. Recently one of the 2 has begun laying very early almost sunrise and does so before leaving her roost. The eggs survive the fall until tow day ago I noticed the egg had a hole maybe from the fall maybe from the bird herself. this morning it was pretty obvious she is probably starting to eat her egg. Whats going on. Im going to put new fresh straw in their barrels hoping to invite her to return to the nest to lay but. the second bird was only introduced yesterday and she also layed from her roost. What am I doing wrong. My Coochins layed in their nest never ate their eggs before they were killed. The older girl is a Rhode Island Red 10 months old and the new girl is a Wyanndotte about the same age and she is too new to have determined what her habits are going to be but I do know she layed from her roost this morning before 7:30 am and it was broken. I have a second coop inside the first where she is tonight it will keep her separted from the Red and it also has its own nesting box Im hoping she will take a liking to even if she doesnt lay in the box her roost is close to the floor. The older girl wasn't very cordial at first but they seem to have worked it out through out the day mostly but they wont have access to each until I open the smaller coop in the morning. Im going to the coop very early in the morning and hopefully i'll be there before the older bird lays and see how early early she is laying and maybe get the egg before she does. I have made a net to catch it. This morning I think she actually broke in on the net (pecked it open) The Red is the one acting strangely, laying from her roost and what appears to be pecking her egg. The coop is way in the back under the trees you almost cant see it beyond the pump house. its 8 x 12 and I have a small section I used for broodies and also a smaller coop that I have the Wyanndotte in tonight. Its in the broody section that the Red is roosting and dropping her egg. Its been a stressful day with the new girl meeting the Red, egg laying, pecking order stuff and the likes of.