I have a silkie rooster, 3 silkie hens, and a polish hen together. I have seen the rooster mating with the hens, or at least trying to. I just don't know how successful he has been. A couple of days ago I noticed one of the silkie hens became broody and was sitting on an egg. My husband and I have discussed letting them hatch their own eggs to see how it goes. However, he went out last night and shooed her off the egg she was sitting on so that he could collect it. I was unaware he did that and so when I was telling him about her brooding this morning he told me he collected the egg. Argh! So I went to check on her and she was still brooding, sitting on nothing. I shooed her out of chicken house so she would go eat and then checked on her again this afternoon. She was sitting on an egg. Is there a way to tell if the egg she is sitting on is fertilized? If she is broody and sitting on unfertilized eggs that's not good for either of us. I'm new to the whole hatching eggs thing, as if you couldn't tell. Any help and advice would be much appreciated.