My rooster has not been activated yet. ; ) He crows, is aggressive, but has not figured out his Daddy role yet. None of the eggs are fertile. I moved her off the nest today - there is one egg - I hand fed her, gave her some water, put her back on the nest because she was not about to get up and walk. The most broody hen I have ever seen. My silkies would get up and eat and drink.
Exactly. I hope to have more chickens some day, but until the rooster gets into it, only infertile eggs. I am going to let her sit, feed her and water her, and hope she gets the idea and gets up after the prescribed length of time to get an egg to hatch. I did not have the heart to take the one unfertile egg away from her today. And hey, she may surprise me, they may all surprise me! Rooster can be "active on the down-low" or something like that! ; ) For anyone wondering if their breed makes for good brooders, most eggs, etc., google them! I found out Blue Wyandottes are not especially broody, (um . . .. ) their eggs are not large (true) but my one hen must really want to be a mommy. Maybe I can find some fertile eggs around where I live and put them under her . . .
I have done both lol