Need some advice on a breed to get that goes broody often and can hatch and raise a decent sized clutch. I'm totally over having chicks in a brooder, but I'm not done with chicks... I just want a hen to do the work for me! I just have black austral ops and RIRS (and I'll have dark cornish and delaware but they are still just chicks now). I don't think any of my breeds are known for broodiness so I'm looking for recommendations (and sources! The chicks are about 4 weeks old so that's the ideal age... or a mature hen)
Most people try to avoid broodiness and it gets bred out of "production" lines of large fowl. Bantams are not bred for high egg production and most go broody a lot (silkies and cochins being extreme examples of this). In large fowl, I would pick a breed you like and get stock from someone that raises them for fun or showing.
Some breeds have a reputation for broodiness, but I think it varies a low between strains and even individual hens. Here are some LF breeds that are know for broodiness: