Before I ask my question I just wanted to thank you guys for being so patient with a newbie like me! I'm making plans for my very first batch of chickens. Right now I'm questioning as to whether or not I should have a rooster. I plan to let my chickens free roam in large fenced areas, but they won't have reign over the whole yard because even though we're in the country we're close to a fairly busy road. I was thinking a rooster would be beneficial because he could kind of guard and lead the chickens about. I'm also a little worried about fertilized eggs. As a newbie I just have this fear of cracking an egg open for breakfast and discovering a little baby chicken!! Also, my dad said that a fertilized egg has a bloody spot? I don't know if that is accurate or not. Anyway, I'd love to hear your two cents, thank you! Edit: Oh my word, I forgot to say, I was thinking a benefit of having fertilized eggs is the ability for chicks at some point. This is so going to sound stupid, but will a chicken sit on her eggs voluntarily and hatch chicks, or would I have to incubate?