I got my first little flock of 6 chickens this spring from Rural King, leghorns... didn't work out so well, but they are about 8 weeks and have been living at the farm in a large fenced area for about 3 weeks now. They started roosting on the little coop I threw together for them, then I put a pallet against that, tonight they were roosting up there. These were supposed to be pets and egg layers, they are so flighty, I can't get near them, so I ordered a new flock (after lots of research) that's going to arrive Saturday, Buff Orphingtons, Barred Rocks, Dominique and 4 more ducks. I got a male BO and a male BR, as the kids want to hatch chics. I feel silly asking this, but if I have the roos in there with the hens, I know they mate them constantly, will I pretty much always have fertilized eggs? I don't want fertilized eggs all the time. Yet I see people having hens and roos mixed all the time, even a few roos in there together. I read about the roos protecting and looking after the hens, and I want that part. What makes a hen go broody? Just putting some wooden eggs or golf balls in a nesting box doesn't seem like it will do it, she will exhibit signs of it, staying in the box, puffing her feathers, but does that mean she's been fertilized, or they get broody just because the sun came up? I can build the roos their own area, and I could build separate areas for each of them, but I'm guessing if they are raised together, and since they are both docile breeds, I might be OK with them living together. Then I would only introduce them to the hens when we want chics? I'm confused on this part. This is what happens when farming skips a generation... My grandmother had hundreds of leghorns in the 40s-50s, she passed in 2014 without handing down more than the breed she had. We have the same farm, 157 acres, and I grow distillers grain, but chickens... that knowledge is lost on my father and aunts... sadly. Thanks again.