All my grown hens are molting and/or on strike...LOL, or the days getting shorter, or a combination of all. I have 3 pullets that haven't started laying yet. Anyway, this one RIR hen had been laying real fragile easily broken eggs before she started molting (even with free choice oyster shell they never touch). It's probably been 2-3 weeks since she's layed an egg at all (unless it happened to be eaten or something that I didn't notice). Well, earlier I saw her in the nest box & gave her time to do her business. A while later, I saw broken egg but no shell in the nest box, which I had to clean out. Then, I saw her & she has at least half a broken egg shell hanging out of her. I also see some of the inside of the egg that she was sitting in that broke hanging below that 1/2 shell on her down feathers. I'm not sure if this egg broke while inside her, or if the egg/shell didn't form right & came out like that, or if it broke while coming out, or if it was so soft shell that with her sitting on it it broke. ???? Why is this? What makes this happen? As far as her age, she started laying eggs August 2009. I know I need to clean this off of her, but I can't catch her! The other day my husband caught each of my 2 RIRs for me so I could wash their bottom (they had dried up poo....messy butts & been needing cleaning a long time). Now this! Evidently, she just loves to have a messy bottom! :rolleyes. Now, I'm wondering if this is the cause of the messy bottom to begin with....poo sticking in the egg....yuck! Will this fall off? Will she clean it up herself? Will it cause the other chickens to peck at her bottom?