We'll, I'm back after avoiding the group for what? A good year now? Anyway, we tragically lost our beloved rooster Reggie this past summer. He jumped up on my son's shoulders, slipped off or was shaken off and broke his neck by the time he hit the ground. I carried him around and cried for several hours before letting my partner bury him. Anyway, the reason for my post, my girls...... Btw I tried hatching the last dozen eggs or so from before he passed and they looked great, veins and everything, but I have this curse on me that any eggs I really really want to hatch all die. So no Reggie Jr. For me. I was so upset that I let the eggs in the incubate ran extra month, yes on, and they oozed! They literally had gunk sweating from tiny pores in the shells! I have never seen that happen, ever. So any ways, my two red stars, my white leghorn and my tetra tint leghorn (especially the white) are laying very thin shelled eggs lately.. They are fed blue seal flock maintainer and late a with omega 3 essential fatty acids added, wild birdseed, grit, oyster shell, and tons of grass from mowing the yard. Oh and I forgot to add bread and their own hard boiled eggs since we get 4 daily, we give at least that many back, and if I remember, dried meal worms and left overs from my poor excuse of a garden. Am I doing something wrong? They lay huge eggs and sometimes the ends are transparent, sometimes when picked up our fingers go right through the shells. Is this a virus? Is there a way to stop them from laying and take a break this fall and winter? The eggs always freeze and split open in winter anyway. My two ducks actually stopped laying towards the end of August, so why don't these ladies have a shut off time? They are in an 8x16 run with a covered top, a covered hideaway, and a small maybe 24" x 24" cube that they lay their eggs in. We made it for a stray cat that adopted us, that is now an inside cat. They get fresh food daily, and they have two water founts, that get cleaned and refilled daily, though the metal one is rusted inside which ticks me off because I paid an arm and a leg for it last fall. Supposed to be galvanized steel with the double tower/cover. I think I might invest in that heated 3 gal plastic one. The steel on is 3 gal and my plastic one is one gal, they sit side by side on a heated heavy duty dog crate/kennel pad.