I'm crossing my fingers hoping one of my welsummer hens goes broody, but if they don't, I will be hatching some of the eggs myself. I have a question about fertility though. I have a trio - and the roo keeps the girls next to him at all times. They are free-range - they do have a fenced area that they roost in at night, but they fly out during the day. Anyhow, I have a 2 year old hen and a one year old hen. The 2 year old's eggs have all been fertile so far. The one year old's eggs have NOT been fertile. Also, the one year old's eggs are lighter colored than the two year olds...... if they are lighter now, will they darken later? Or should I just consider only hatching from the 2 year old hen (who is smaller, but has a nicer conformation and the darker eggs). I just wonder why the younger hen's eggs haven't been fertile (not ONE that I've been watching as I use them the last two weeks - while every one of the older hens has been fertile) I probably should just consider hatching the older hen's eggs? I do like the size on the younger hen, but the eggs aren't as pretty. Anyhow.......... opinions?