I have a flock of 8 hens. 6 EEs, a silver laced Wyandotte and araucauna. I'm not interested in having a rooster. But I can "rent" one for a while if I wanted to get some fertile eggs to increase my flock.
How long should I keep a roo? And what eggs would be fertilized once he did he duties? Would the eggs immediately laid afterwards be fertile? Or does it have to travel up the reproductive tract and get to a just barely starting to form egg? If it takes a few days for the fertile eggs to come out, how many days would that be?
I want to know how many I can keep collecting for food and when to stop and let incubate.
And when can I start using eggs as food again once the roo leaves?
Also........would any of my ladies get broodie? Can I let nature takes it's course or should I put them in a bater?