Okay, this may be a dumb question but I'm new to chicken raising and I can't seem to find the answer in anything I read. My copper maran mix pullet just laid her first little brown egg today! She's about 6 months old. I'd like to eventually have chicks, and I've seen my cockerel mating with her several times. How do I know if my pullet's ready to start hatching eggs? Does she need to be broody to do so? How do I know when she's broody? How do I know if the eggs are really fertile? Would her first egg even hatch anyways? Haha sorry for all of the questions but if anyone can answer one or all I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!