The second brown hen was acting funny yesterday -- I thought maybe she was sick -- just laying down a lot and very passive. Felt warm and was flushed (like the hens usually are when they're about to lay), but she wasn't panting like they normally do as they're about to lay. I picked her up and she just closed her eyes and went to sleep. Very untypical behavior. So this morning I went to check on her status and she was up and about, seemed fine. And then I saw a broken egg below the spot where she perches. She must have passed it while she was roosting. The odd thing, though, is that the shell was soft and rubbery. So maybe that's why she felt poorly all day. I know that sometimes a first egg can be misshapen... has this ever happed with your birds? I'm just hoping it's not a chronic problem. Their diet should not be the issue. They all eat the same things and the other hen that's laying has no problems with her eggs.