We don't get soft-shelled eggs very often-I've only seen a handful in the seven years we've had laying hens. I find them fascinating though. The bluish egg in the back is a perfectly normal egg, the dark one in front has no hard shell, just a thick membrane holding it together. It didn't take much to pop it when I handed it to one of the dogs. It's hard to believe that a chicken can even lay that egg without popping it. I don't know many people that spend much time contemplating eggs and laying hens but I think they are truly remarkable and taken for granted. I also think the world might be a better place if everyone had a few laying hens in their backyard.