hey, I never saw this before - hen standing more upright than usual - tail pointed down, eyes closed, grunting and then POP a nice egg - too bad those greedy other hens with eyes gleaming grabbed it - broke it and ran off with the shell! AND while I was still flabbergasted, my hen walked off a little ways and DID IT AGAIN - and while I was still being flabbergasted - those greedy hens ate that one too! I'm feeding Gamebird maintenance crumbles which have 22% protein, they get dairy, today they all had oatmeal mixed with fresh green peas, and they were free ranging today (it's the weekend so they get a weekend pass). Was it my bad or what when I gave the girls crushed up egg shells from breakfast - have they developed a taste for their own? Or is this the nature of hens? Also, my hen who was laying had what appeared to be a red tomato in her vent area that when I examined it retracted back inside so I am assuming that this is normal egg landing gear in normal egg laying operations?