So, one of the chicks I adopted for my broody Cuckoo Maran has turned out to be a rooster. We have tried to find a new home for him but have had no luck yet, so we are thinking about keeping him. I didn't want to deal with a rooster since I've never had one before; the whole mating/fertilized egg thing freaks me out. He is four months old (and beautiful! He's a Barred Rock) and I just integrated him and his "sister" into my existing flock last weekend. He is getting picked on a little by my adult girls who are about one year old now, but he's holding his own. So here's what I need to know: If I collect the eggs every day and refrigerate them, does that stop any chick development so that we can still sell/eat fertilized eggs, or do I have to candle every egg I collect? Is there a point at which I have to separate the roo from the flock or can they just live together all the time? I guess this is a mating question; I've never had to deal with this. Does having a roo increase broodiness amongst the flock? When does he get spurs and do I have to trim them? Should I try to hold him everyday to make him tamer and nicer? Anything else you pros can think of? Any advice you all can provide is greatly appreciated! Thanks.