So here's the thing... I have 8 hens (mostly Ameraucana) and 1 rooster (Ameraucana) which i incubated myself and are all almost 5 months old now. The rooster seems to be having his way with all the hens, however, the hens haven't started laying yet and i may need to get rid of my rooster very soon because of noise issues. Since my chickens have a pretty good blood line, i was hoping on having some "pure breed" and fertile eggs before i get rid of my handsome guy. Since they are so close to laying, is there any chance i could still get fertile eggs from them even before they actually begin laying? Or does laying already need to be initiated? Thank you in advance!