My rooster Barney was eaten by my dog yesterday... I take full responsibility though. Yesterday I was leaving my house to run up the road. Earlier I had let the chickies out of their pen to free range a bit that morning. When I was walking out to my car to put my daughter in her seat I thought to myself "Should I go put the chickens away?" I decided not to. I was only running up the road for a few mins. I returned home about 45 mins later to find feathers all over my yard. My heart sank and I immediately knew what happend. I heard the chickens fussing down at the barn and quickly ran out there. I prayed on the way out that all of these feathers weren't from one of my girls. When I looked inside the coop all of the girls were there, but no Barney. The girls were very upset. They keep looking at me and following me like I'm going to bring him back to the coop. It is so sad. He was an great rooster and took care of his girls. The though hit me this morning that maybe I can hatch some of his eggs. I just ask google and read that the hen stays fertilized for up to 3 weeks! I have never tried to hatch any eggs and was wondering if this is a good idea ? How long do I leave them in the nest to see if the hen will hatch them or not? Is it best just to make an incubator? How many eggs should I try to hatch? If I have any roosters in the batch will I have to seperate them from their possible mom hen? I dunno. Alot of questions I know and some kind of odd ones! lol I intend to start reading lots of threads under this catagory to get me started, but any advice would be great.