I'm a pretty novice chicken owner here, and I have 5 hens, 3 of which are still pullets and two of which are at least a year old. The two older hens did not lay for a couple of weeks after we introduced them to their new setting, but both girls are laying now. Unfortunately, one of them is incredibly thrashy when she is laying, so that she knocks most or all of the pine shavings out of the nesting box, regardless of how much I add each day. This morning's egg had a broken tip, as if it had landed hard on the wood of the nesting box. So I have two questions; one: is it safe to eat the egg -- the membrane is intact, just the tip has broken shell; two: what can I do to discourage her from knocking everything out of the box, or should I lay some newspaper or something else in the bottom of the nest box to soften the blow when the egg drops? This is the only time she's had a broken egg (and it's only the third egg we've had from her -- the first one was a *huge* double-yolked egg, the other two have been more normal in size) so I might be overreacting to the situation, but I'd hate to put her through all the work of laying eggs we can't eat because she's broken them, especially if she lays another gargantuan one. Thanks for any advice you might have.