I've had a couple different flocks of hens so I have the eggs for food thing down. This time around we ended up with a couple of roosters, so we thought we might try to hatch some eggs.
One of the girls laid the first couple of eggs in the past few days. It's probably our Delaware, because she is the oldest at least five months. The other hens: Golden Comet, splash, and Blue Maran are all four months old.
The rooster is a Maran with feathered legs and is four months old. He's been crowing about a month and all his feathers and wattles look pretty well developed. There was another rooster, a Delaware, but we culled him a month ago because he was very high strung and crowing at all hours.
So a few things we could use some advice on. Is that rooster sexually mature? Should we even bother to try to hatch the first eggs?
A random factor, I had some nest boxes made out of buckets. At first I put them in the coop. But I ended up taking them out because my coop is pretty tiny. So they are in the run, which is big enough to qualify the eggs as pastured. How likely would the hen brood in the bucket outside the coop??
Any advice would be appreciated!
Edited by Incubus4502 - 5/28/16 at 12:36pm