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Hey everyone I'm a new member and I'm really excited to have found BYC . So I guess there is no time like the present to start asking questions . (I hope I'm doing this right)I have had 3 welsummer hens and 3 bantam hens for about a year now . The welsummers in one pen and the bantams in another. I had a roo in each pen and neither roo made it through the winter for some reason . I do have a new rooster in the bantam pen now .My question is I've never had a hen go broody anyone have any idea why.
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Some birds just Dont go broody, they dont want babies, and certain breeds are prone and not-prone to going broody, like my silkie gets broody 7 times a year it feels and I've never had my buttercup go broody! :D What breed are your bantams?

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1 is a gold laced sebright and I'm not sure about the other 2. They are both very small and pretty light grey color
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Welcome!


Edited by BantamFan4Life - 5/17/16 at 8:46am

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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Yeah, I haven't heard of sebrghts being very broody :)

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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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You can encourage broodiness by putting a clutch of fake eggs in a favorite nest. It doesn't always work but sometimes if they think there is a good batch to set someone might go broody. I got my Orpington to set that way, then slipped some chicks under her after 3 weeks. I use golf balls for my fake eggs, they are less expensive than ceramic eggs. Make sure the nest is somewhat secluded, some birds like curtains. Once you do get a broody, if you get one, you will want to check to make sure the others aren't laying eggs in the broody nest. I like to separate my broodies if I am going to use them to prevent this. In the end, it's up to the chickens to decide if they want to go broody.
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thanks so much to you guys for the comments and answers I really do appreciate it. we are thinking about getting several silkie hens I'm supposed to pick up a silkie rooster Wednesday so maybe I'll have better luck with the silkie breed.
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Actually buff orps are usually a good broody breed, as are cochins and definitely silkies.  Some hatchery bred birds have had broodiness bred out of them. 

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