I did a search and found that it's not too unusual for young pullets to lay a soft egg and then one of em eats it....but I'm not too sure what to do to avoid it....out of the 10 I have I must have 3 that have been laying pretty regular for the last couple weeks. The shells are real hard and all have been layed in the nest boxes...this morning a soft egg on on the floor about half eaten. Give them more protein?...cheese? cat food? I threw a handful of cat food in the run tonight and they didn't seem to like it much...maybe too big..?... And while I got you...I cracked an egg with a meat spot the other day...2nd one we've found....will that hen's egg always have a meat spot? Again I did a search and found some people say she will always lay a "spotted" egg and others seem to think it is just a "once in a while" issue... Thanks so much to you that answer all these questions and help all of us nervous new parents along!