wierdest thing just happened, I was out in the coop chilling with the ladies when I noticed one of my RIR's was acting strange. Very quiet, kept to herself and wouldn't touch the raisen I tried to hand feed her. So of course my motherly instincts kicked in and I immediatly think of what BYC has taught me. I feel her crop, feels full a little hard so I give it a little massage to try and loosen things up yet she's still out of sorts. So I run to the kitchen and grab the olive oil and a q-tip thinking I can run it along her beak and she'll drink it. That was sort of working until the other girls ran in and grabbed the q-tip from me! then, all of the sudden my RIR opened her wings, puffed up a bit and went into a deep squat. she made no noise, quiet as a church mouse, and out it came... a super soft squishy egg! I was a little shocked as to what I had just witnessed partly because I've never seen it happen before but also becasue she had already laid an egg that morning, and it was perfect. Is this normal when pullets first start laying? I put the small bowl of evoo on the ground and scooped up this strange looking egg to examine it closer. Next thing I know the girls (including the RIR) are lapping up the evoo! well, at least they'll have healthy hearts! I poured a bowl of oyster shells in hopes that my RIR would munch on it (which she did) so hopefully that will help. here's a pic: Its a little dirty as it was quite sticky when she laid it. I tried to squeeze w/o breaking to show how soft.