Why is it that -- of all my 15 hens (only two of which are blue egg layers) -- is it one of my two blue egg layers who has started molting? I have plans to give multi-colored egg collections in really beautiful cartons I bought for Christmas gifts. I arrange the eggs by color -- four dark brown eggs, four blue eggs, and then four pinkish-brown eggs. Oh, how beautiful they are when arranged this way in those special, really nice cartons I purchased! I only have two blue egg layers, and they only lay on the average of two to three eggs each per week. Now, one little blue egged lady is out of commission. Assuming that the other blue egged lady doesn't join her, that still won't give me many blue eggs for Christmas cartons. How long can I store the blue eggs I have right now in the fridge, and they still be in good enough shape to give away as Christmas gifts? Is there anything I can do to help this little lady get through the molt quicker, and get back into production before Christmas?