The background: I have 8 chickens- 1 WC Polish rooster, 1 WC Polish hen, 2 Dominiques, and 4 Red Stars. I got them as chicks last May. They started laying in late fall and I have been getting eggs regularly since. The number of eggs has dropped off a bit since the really cold weather hit, but I know that is not unusual. They get fed Blue Seal's Organic Life layer pellets free choice all the time (16% protein), plus oyster shell and crushed egg shells, grit (especially now when the ground is pretty frozen), BOSS (a handful in the AM) and kitchen scraps. The scraps they get are mostly vegetables, but if I have leftover meat, they will get that, too. When I collect frozen eggs that are too cracked for me to feel comfortable eating, I hard boil and chop those and they get that, too. They all seem at good weights, are eating, drinking and pooping, and running about and picking and pecking like chickens in the area of the run that is shoveled and covered with hay. Now the question- this morning, when I collected the eggs, there were 2 on the poop board. I will occasionally get one there. I don't know- maybe that hen's favorite box is occupied and she can't wait? There are 3 nest boxes in the coop, but they seem to only use 2. Don't know what's wrong with the last one! LOL The second egg on the board was a soft shell, which is unusual. I haven't had a soft shell egg in months. I suppose it could be the Polish, as she has yet to lay a single egg, but what I could see of the shell color, it looked brown and she should be laying white eggs, right? It also seemed large for what I've read a Polish will lay, more like the size the Stars lay. At this point, I just figured the Polish won't lay till spring. I'm pretty sure it's NOT the rooster! Too many treats? Some days they get a lot, if we have a lot of scraps left over. Other days, there is not much. I feed a bit of cracked corn (maybe 1/4 c.) only once or twice a week, but they do like it so... If it is one of the ones that has been laying all along, should I be concerned about the soft egg? Or could it just be the cold, snow, and all that? Any insight would be aprreciated, as we are new to this chicken thing! Thanks!