Hello all! I've posted my egg woes on the forum lately, as my situation keeps changing. At first I thought my girls were egg breaking and egg eating!! I panicked, and separated the 2 offenders. It looks like one is innocent, but the other most definitely is not. I was just hoping I caught it in time to make sure my other 10 girls hadn't caught the egg eating "bug." So today I was in the run with my main flock (the 10) and one of the RIR squatted, and puffed up... the hubs and I stood by as we watched, and then all of a sudden ::: POP! ::: out falls a small, white, ROUND soft egg! It didn't break on impact though. The next few seconds went quickly - I quickly reached down to grab the egg before the girls could get it, and the RIR who laid it spun around and popped it before I could get it! The shell practically disappeared...it did what a water balloon does when it deflates. There was barely anything to it! But the yolk was perfect and stayed intact on the sand. One of my buff Orpingtons ran up to get it and I had to fight them off until I covered the yolk with sand so they couldn't see the yellow. It all happened in about 6 seconds!!! It was so weird to me that she laid in the run - she didn't sit and nest or anything, she was walking around and then all of a sudden >POP< out it came!. By the way, we've done everything by the book: -collect eggs 10+ times a day -make nest boxes soft and dark (so the egg doesn't break on impact) -they have plenty of space; no overcrowding -they get kitchen scraps *every* morning -they free range in the backyard several times a week OK so here's my question: is this true egg eating behavior?? or is it normal for pullets to "test" their soft shells, and then consume it when it's not hard? They only started laying 3 weeks ago...so is this normal???