Hello! I'm fairly new to chickens...started a flock of 19 backyard hens last May. Lost one to suspected "sudden chicken death" following a seizure. My new group of 6 Ameraucana (splash pullets and a black roo) are 8 weeks old and I would like any and all advice about breeding him to my varied flock (11 breeds). The rooster has been crowing for two weeks already. No question about his gender! I live in the city limits (chickens allowed), and know that my days of rooster owning are probably numbered. From what I have read, breeding my Black Ameraucana roo with the other breeds will end up producing olive eggers (Marans), EEs (most other brown egg layers), and other Ameraucanas (with the Ameraucanas). Does this sound correct? Any tricks other than the no-crow collar to keep him quiet? When can I introduce him to my nearly year-old hens and expect fertile eggs? How do I know if eggs are fertile (TOTAL newbie question)? I have a Black Australorp who is almost ALWAYS broody and a Buff Orpington who goes in and out of broodiness. Is there one I should choose over another for any reason? How many eggs can I give her to hatch? How do I save the eggs over a period of days? Refrigerate them? Or just let her sit on them and keep adding to the clutch? Thank you in advance for any guidance you may provide!