Lay hens have started to lay, I have not given any oyster shells or layer pellets.... and the eggs are perfect, none are soft and they are very tasty I must say !! I do give them table scraps some time but they free range all day, but I am soooo happy because I was afraid of getting soft eggs. It really does pay to listen to the old folks... I have a 93 year old cousin, she raised chickens all her life and said she never gave oyster shells and always had perfect eggs and I am glad that I listened! I just wanted to let everyone know how everything was going!