My rooster is about to reach maturity, and I would like to have some fertile eggs at some point. Not necessarily to sell, more just to keep up egg production. I'm really trying to raise my flock to be used to the bare necessities. I know that some people on here view chicks as pets. And while I am partial to my OG's (old girls), I really want to homestead someday. With that being the ultimate goal for my family and I, I'd really like to hatch eggs without an incubator. Has anyone had success with that? I mean, that's the way it was done 100 years ago. But I've not heard much about just letting nature take its course. Is it better with certain breeds? Should I own at least one broody hen who can handle all fertilized eggs? Any ideas?