Ok so we got a RIR roo to add to our existing flock of RIR, and Red stars, introductions went well,he rounded up our younger chicks last night to make sure everyone was safely in the coop, while my 5 adult Red Stars continue to sleep outside still, anyway, we are now trying to figure out how we want to go about raising chicks. In addtition to our RIR and red stars, we have 5 Barred Rocks and 5 Buff Orp's (all hens) ordered set to arrive in Aug. Do we just leave the roo to do his thing and still collect eggs to eat and then when we are ready to raise some chicks to collect the eggs we want and set them under a broody hen? And is there a difference in how we treat fertile vs unfertile eggs as far as collecting to eat? How long does it take for the embryo to develop? Love my chickens but I just got so confused with what to do!!!! Thanks!