I'm so excited! One of my 4 hens laid an egg this morning. It was cracked but I boiled it and fed it to them. I -think- that's okay to do since you're supposed to do that to cockatiels so they get more protein. I also bought them crushed oyster shells today. They are all about 1 year old so I doubt it's their first but it sure is mine! I figured they might come around since I gave in and let them live in the house AND have been giving them chopped veggies, canned corn, and whatever cockatiel seeds my others birds won't pick at. I think it was the veggies that made them do it 2 Questions: 1.) Will they stop laying if I pick them up, leave them out of the cage to run around, or clean their cage? I don't think they really mind but will that slight disturbance stop them? 2.) Is egg laying contagious or will only one lay until the others decide it's time. and a bonus: What is the cheapest and most effective litter for their cages that ISN'T anything like hay (allergic)? I'm using pine shavings from the pet store but I found out it's cheaper and the farm store so....yeah.