Hi again! I got my second egg from my #2 hen yesterday. My wife, who was raised in the city at first didn't seem that enthusiastic, but has fallen in love with the hens, and has spent a lot of time figuring out names, so now we have: Aunty Em, Dorothy and Margery! (That's what she calls the Wizard of Oz meets family sentimentality.) So, that was Dorothy's first egg. As to my newest novice chicken owner questions (the first being in the new members section): it seems Margery (aka hen #3) laid her first egg last night from the perch which landed safely but had a soft shell, and somebody pecked a hole in it. My two concerns are: firstly, why is the egg soft? secondly, why did she lay it from the perch? They are happy chickens, get a lot of time outside, they have a nice coup, get the best organic feed, grit, oyster shell, water, etc. All seems well, in other words, except for this mishap. Thanks for your help and expertise with this.