Hi everyone, I'm new not only to chickens but also country living. My wife and I recently purchased 7 acres of what can only be described as the closest thing to a mountain in my part of the country. I've had an interest in keeping chickens (and ducks for the pond). I've been reading anything I can get my hands on, but am confused as I've not seen this question answered in any of the books I've read. Can I keep a rooster with hens if my primary goal is egg production for food? I'm not necessarily against breeding, but didn't know if I should skip the rooster and keep only hens since I'm new. Secondarily, in a book my wife recently purchased for me it seems to suggest a fertilized egg can be eaten, within the first week of being laid. Is this true or am I misunderstanding the author? Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.