Got myself into a bit of a situation. Of my six girls, one - the Brahma- turned out to be a boy. This is an issue in itself because a) I’m not allowed roosters b) I don’t want fertilized eggs. We are going to try a hormone implant tomorrow to hopefully modify the crowing (I keep him inside at night so as not to wake the neighbors!), and I’m hoping it will also take away the urge to mate. As background info: we love this rooster to pieces and would be heart broken to re-home him b) I understand fertilized eggs won’t develop into chicks unless incubated, but it makes me feel weird to eat them (I’m vegan and got chickens so I could comfortably eat eggs from happy chickens). Anyway, two things have been happening the last few days. First my austra white has been squatting when she sees me sometimes, and in general the girls have become easier to handle (white austra, Orpingtons, australorp and Wyandotte). Secondly, the Brahma rooster has started jumping on top of some of them in what looks like an attempt to mate. My question is, do I need to worry about fertile eggs now? Nobody has started to lay yet but I believe it might be soon for some of them. My gut says he’s just testing the waters, but I really have no clue. Also, is it likely that anyone might get broody in the near future? I might feel better about the eggs if they were going to be left alone anyway. Please don’t judge me, I know it’s an odd situation / view point but it’s where we are at! And if anyone has tried an implant I’d love to hear how it went!