Late this morning, DH calls me over to inspect a bit of an anomaly on the ground out by the storage shed. This is an area that the girls like to free range in (where don't the like to free range? ) and is far from their coop. If this were a completely isolated incident, I'd probably just chalk it up to "one of those weird things that sometimes happens with eggs" but this is (I think) the fourth or fifth time this has happened. The previous times it has happened it was sometime during the night, after the girls have gone to bed in their coop, or early morning before I let them out for the day. I'll come out in the morning to discover someone has laid a shell-less egg. There's never even so much as a fragment of an eggshell to indicate that perhaps I had an egg hungry girl out there. Usually, there's just a hint of yolk, and a fair amount of the white. And even though I inspect every-one's beaks for incriminating evidence of yolk on their little faces, I've never found any! But this time....well...I just freaked when I saw this. I'll let the pictures tell the story: In this second picture, I've placed my car key in the picture to give you an idea of the size of the whole mess: If anybody knows what's going on here, I'd sure like to hear your thoughts. Like I said before: if this were an isolated incident, I'd let it go, but this is about the 4th or 5th time we've had evidence of an incomplete shell-less egg being laid. This one is quite different though. As you can see there is something like the inner lining of the eggshell there. A perfectly formed yolk as well. This mess is far more complete, in other words, than what we've witnessed before. I keep plenty of free choice oyster shell both outside and inside the coop so the girls have access to it 24/7. Their diet consists of all kinds of goodies year round. Yes, I'm one of those crazy people that hits the produce section of the grocery store every week in the winter just to assure that my girls have the very best of greens and other treats that I can afford! At this time of the year, they are gorging on lots of plant material, bugs and of course their usual ration of scratch mix every day. I assure you, they're quite fat and happy. I have a hard time believing this is a dietary issue, though I freely admit that I've not gone so far as to give them yogurt as yet. I'm holding off till winter to try that little trick! I don't even have a clue as to who is doing this. Right now I'm more wondering if this is something I should be really anxious about, or, is it just one of those things? My worst fear: Is this the warning signs of a girl who is about to become egg bound? So, again...anyone with any experience with this same thing, please, your thoughts and recommendations would be very much appreciated. Please, tell me I'm an over protective chicken momma and that there's nothing to worry about! Please! Oh please! Oh PLEASE!!