We picked up our 7 new ex-battery girls (warren crosses) yesterday, and of the four eggs today (already in their little factory systems), two had very soft shells, and by the time I found it one had broken (or been broken deliberately) and a hen was eating it. The other soft one broke as I was taking it indoors. They have a coop with 3 nest boxes, but none have laid in the boxes, and 3 eggs were laid outdoors, just where the hens stood. I know it will take time for them to learn to use the nest boxes (we have a fake egg in each which hasn't done the trick yet) but I've also read that once they get a taste for eggs they'll break them to eat them. The 7 are all very tatty, and I can't really tell them apart yet to work out who's laying and who's eating. I've been checking for eggs at least once an hour, but clearly wasn't quick enough for the broken one. Any advice on how to encourage them to lay indoors, and preferably in the nest boxes (the floor of the coop has plenty of shavings on it), and also how to deter them from breaking the eggs? These are our first hens.