Hello All, I have much animal experience but am new to chickens. I was in 4-H and FFA from 3rd-12th grade with Jersey's and Pygmy goats, I also went to open shows. I currently have 2 rescue alpaca's and 2 rescue miniature horses. I have also ran the foster-adoption-rescue program for my local Non-profit cat rescue for about 10 years. I thought chickens would be easy and they have been quite the challenge! I have many questions despite my research. My current challenge is my black Frizzle hen. I had thought she was taken by a predator during the day (the flock is free range during the day and locked in at dusk). She was missing for 2 weeks so I gave up hope. I searched all over our 3 acres for her. I found her 3 days ago nested on 6 eggs between my hay bales in the barn. I am not sure how long she has been nesting but I am guessing since the day she went missing. The dilemma is: My rooster (game bantam-cochin) is only 6 months old. He started crowing a month ago. I am not sure if he was fertile before the eggs were laid. I have a couple of new hens that were with a mature rooster so I tucked a couple of their eggs under my broody hen. I am thinking I should candle all the eggs soon? Do I take away the ones that don't look fertilized? I put some food, fresh garden clippings and water near her nest that she never seems to leave. Should I be doing anything else? Advise welcome.