Hi all! I got my flock of 5 chickens they are all about 3 months old. 2 buff Orps, 2 Silver Laced Wyans and one Easter Egger. Well it turns out that my one EE is a roster, no green blue eggs for me I have had chickens i the past, had two roosters but had to get rid of them. One was mean to my hens and the other one was mean to people. Well I am fond of my EE Owlowiscious he is by far my most out going bird. He is not afraid to let my 4 year old hold hold him and he likes to be petted. I would like and try and keep him but I dont have a lot of rooster experience. I have a couple questions about having a rooster in the hen house.... I read that you should at least have 8 hens to keep him happy, is 4 going to be enough? Will it change egg production? I know the eggs would be fertile so will the hens lay them in a larger clutch, or still just one a day? Do hens become broody if they lay fertilized eggs? If we decide to hatch a few chicks next spring is it ok if they are a mixed breed? I know in general EEs are mixed breeds anyway. Thanks for reading.