My beautiful 17-week old wheaton Araucana cockerel was killed by a hawk on Sunday. My husband saw the hawk and ran out - but it was too late. Casper had faced down the hawk allowing the hens and pullets to run to safety. Even my husband shed a tear or two because it was so much fun watching Casper strut around like he was such hot stuff. My question: For the week prior to his death, Casper had started crowing and mounting several of my older hens. I've saved all the eggs they laid Sunday, yesterday and today - and thought that I would take a chance at hatching some just in case Casper was fertile and successful in his mating attempts. I don't want to open an egg to check for fertility because if it is - that would be one less possible chick. And there are no other roos in that flock. So what are the odds that I might possibly get some chicks? Am I wasting my time, or is it worth giving incubation a try? P.S. On Sunday afternoon, hubby stared building an enormous covered run for the chickens. And I've made a down payment on an LGD that'll be old enough to leave home in February.