We don't have a flock yet, but I have a couple questions about how you would maintain a flock like this: I want a rooster for help protecting our flock (We'll be out with them while they're free ranging though). I wouldn't mind fertilized eggs for baby chicks, although my first goal is to have eggs for eating. Is there a way to do this? If we have about 12 hens & 1 rooster, is there a way to know if some eggs are fertilized (aka don't eat 'em!). Or is this not really possible to have this type of flock? Thanks for your input!