We are new-ish to chickens, and an older hen who had stopped laying was given to us a few weeks ago. Well, in the past 10 days she's laid 8 beautiful brown eggs! We are very excited and want her to hatch them out. We were given an older rooster at the same time we got her, and we've seen him mate with her, but only a few times. Point is- it seems silly to let those eggs sit in that nest only to rot and be thrown away if they haven't been fertilized, but if they are we want her to hatch them if she will. Is there a way to tell within a day or two after she lays them? we'd love to just take unfertilized ones inside to eat, leaving fertilized ones for her to brood if she decides to. Am I being too optimistic? Thank you for all your help!