Hi all! I know these questions are going to sound really dumb so I apologize in advance!! This year we are new to having chickens. We are getting a rooster tomorrow b/c we want more chickens for more eggs. He will be in quarantine for a few weeks so by the time he gets around our 3 girls it will probably be close to the end of February.
So here are my dumb questions:
1) I assume, if we still want to collect some eggs to eat, that we continue to collect every morning like always. Should we check them first to be sure they aren't fertilized? I've heard of a "candle" method where I assume you hold a candle up and you would see a certain something? I don't want to be cracking an egg open only to find a fetus! LOL.
2) I've never had any of my 3 girls sit on the eggs before for very long. They lay and off they go. So, will they become broody with a rooster around? What is it that makes them broody? And I would also assume, if we want to allow her to hatch her eggs, that we would just leave her alone and let he do her thing.
Sorry, this is all new to us!!! Thanks for any help!