So, my question is kind of crazy. I am just starting my back yard flock, and recently got 4 little ones. Three are hens and one rooster. We are going to be eating the eggs, that was the main reason that we got them. We did not plan on getting a rooster, but since I saved them and one just happened to be one, we are thinking about going ahead and getting some chicks out of it. We only live on a little more than an acre, so I dont want more than the few that we have, plus I dont think our neighbors would want us to either. My question though, is how soon after they start laying, they are only about 12 weeks now, so I still got a little while before that starts, but how soon after they do, can the eggs be fertile. How old are roosters before they start doing their thing? Not only that, but I have Cochins, and I have read that they dont lay on a daily basis, do I just need to stop collecting until one has started brooding and hope she is sitting on a couple of fertilized eggs? How long do I wait to see if any will hatch, and do I throw out the ones that dont? Sorry for all the questions and long post, I am just so curious and anxious and kind of nervous. Like I said, we werent planning on having a rooster, but since we do, I want the full experience. I dont want to incubate, I would rather have the hens sit and do what they do best, but if need be, I would incubate as a last resort. I would really like nature to take its natural course with that. Any info would be great! Thank you!