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Because fertilized eggs are the natural state of eggs, which makes them good for your health. You know, like U-235.
Here’s a link to a Wiki Article on Balut
I was raised on a farm and there is so much science now that goes into laying eggs it’s hard to generalize. Some breeds of chicken lay more with a rooster others, as someone said, get stressed.
You can eat fertilized eggs and unless a hen is broody they’ll never develop. We would rarely get broody hens because the breeds we had that trait bred out of them.
The only thing I am aware of is the longer an egg develops the less protein it has, but the difference isn’t a huge deal anyway, so it seems you’d want as fresh an egg as possible.
Plus eggs are a magnet for vermin to attack chickens so you don’t want the eggs around too much.