Hi me again! Sorry for the hundred and one newbie questions. I'm so excited I can't tell you - we got our 2 silkies weekend before last to be hatching mamas for us to build my own interesting, varied flock. From what I'd read on here I wasn't expecting eggs for a couple of weeks if not 3 after the stress of moving. I have been giving them vitamin water and 20% protein food as well (he was giving them grains mixed with a few pellets so not sure if the protein would have been so high - he told me he was getting 2 eggs a week only so I'm thinking not!). Anyway already on Tuesday (so 9 days after getting them) Hermione laid an egg then again today - so if she carries on every 2nd day I'll be thrilled and that will be much more than 2/ week! Anyway my question is - how long after being with a rooster (which these girls were) will the eggs be fertile? I read a passing comment by someone on here about it (being far longer than I thought) which got the cogs turning (free chicks with my hens - kind of like buying a pregnant ewe or heifer LOL) but haven't found anymore info when I searched. How long will the eggs be fertile? If I can try to see if one of them go broody how do I go about keeping the eggs / checking them for fertility etc? Should I crack one of the 2 I have open and see? Should I leave them in the nest? Is it a pipe dream or mean to even try when they are in a new environment? Thanks wise chicken people, look forward to your answers!