In case you've never seen one ... I certainly had not ... here is my side-by-side of a normal egg and a soft shelled egg. Sorry all I could retrieve was the shell. This was actually the second one, my girls are just coming into laying and I understand that this is not uncommon. It really freaked me out though. I would describe the soft shell as having a vynil like texture to it. Weird. I've since started giving a small portion of oyster shell in addition to the 16% crumble. Which raises a question: Does oyster shell act as grit? Or must I provide something else? CD.