Hello everyone, Hopefully this question doesn't sound dumb to you all, but I'd like to know if there is a way to know whether or not eggs are fertile or not? See here is my problem...about 3/4 weeks ago one of my EE disappeared. I thought a chicken hawk got her or something, but after about a week and half of being absent she suddenly appeared again. Totally unscathed! She was hungry and thirsty, but looked good. By the evening she had disappeared again. So, my husband came up with the idea of looking under the barn for her. Yep, there she was, sitting on eggs. So, I'm actually not sure if she managed to get out of my yard and then return (and there are roosters running loose in the neighborhood) to lay her eggs or if she became broody and knew she wouldn't be disturbed there. Is there a way to know for sure if she is hatching or if she is just being broody? Since her reappearance she has only left the eggs twice and when she did we counted 15 eggs. Please help! Thank you!