I have 6 hens of assorted varieties all going on three years old this summer. I also have 2 cochin roos who were born guestimating sept of last year. I recently got a bug to incubate some eggs just to play(a huge Styrofoam cooler showing up at work might have been part of the tease). Watched some videos on making a homemade incubator, bought all the stuff and even talked to someone who has marans that will give me some eggs. The plan was to get it together Sun- run it till tues and if all was well- put some of my mixed crew eggs first. Then if that went well- second run would be the maran eggs. Collecting eggs tonight I cracked the tip of one- no biggie- needed to make sure the roos were doing roo stuff. Well- I didn't see a bulls eye. I looked a long long time- and rolled that egg a zillion times. I had heard the cochins mature late- so maybe that is the issue> ? My question is this... I have 2 barred rock roos living temporarily in an outdoor dog kennel with me (emergency as they were supposed to be hens and had to move fast). So if the issue with the cochins is just that they are still too young- would it be possible to somehow bring one or both of the barred rocks to my girls to get some fertilized eggs? If so- how do I go about that>? I don't want to get the cochin boys hurt- but if they aren't mature will the barred boys even notice them... do I take the girls to the barred rocks rather than them to the girls? How long do I need to leave them together to get say a dozen or so fertilized eggs? I don't want to start with the maran eggs since I want to make sure I know what I am doing before setting anything that prized.