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Do Brahmas go broody?

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Not that I want them too, because we don't hatch anything, but my Silkies seem to spend their whole lives broody th, and my D'Uccles and Cochin frizzle have been broody, heck even my Sebright tried it for a couple of days but decided she couldn't hold still that long.  But I have three great big Brahmas that have never been broody, so I was just wondering if this was common?  Most of my nest boxes are occupied with broody Silkies anyway, gotta leave a couple open for actual egg-laying!

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I have three, and we're a way aways from broodiness just yet, but I sure hope so, because their big fluffy butts could cover a whole lotta eggs!

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Originally Posted by ninabeast 

I have three, and we're a way aways from broodiness just yet, but I sure hope so, because their big fluffy butts could cover a whole lotta eggs!


See, that's what I was thinking, if they never go broody, what's the point of that huge booty?  D

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NEW?????  What is Broodiness??

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Originally Posted by lindat01 

NEW?????  What is Broodiness??


When a hen is broody, she wants to hatch eggs  smile  Welcome!

I hope my brahma goes broody. I hope any of my pullets will. I'm trying to hatch natural before incubating...we will see. I have read that brahma broodiness is fairly common.

Stephanie in VA  3 kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 14 chickens- hens: 2 leghorns, 2 golden comets,         2 australorps, 2 barred rocks, 1 NH Red, 1 LF buff brahma. Roosters: LF light brahma, 2 bantam cochins (1 black/multi colored frizzle, and one buff/red colored) blue orpington. My neighbors RIR rooster has recently moved in. I guess he is staying too 

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Stephanie in VA  3 kids, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 14 chickens- hens: 2 leghorns, 2 golden comets,         2 australorps, 2 barred rocks, 1 NH Red, 1 LF buff brahma. Roosters: LF light brahma, 2 bantam cochins (1 black/multi colored frizzle, and one buff/red colored) blue orpington. My neighbors RIR rooster has recently moved in. I guess he is staying too 

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Crikey....have I got a different type of Brahma from everyone else. My Brahmas spend most of their lives broody. My biggest and best hen (weight nearly 11lbs) has hatched lots and lots of eggs. She laid about 6 eggs as a pullet, then became broody and has been broody at least 3 times every summer since. She is now just under 3 years old.

All my other pure Brahma hens (and I have quite a few) have been broody at least once each summer, and most twice.

My Brahma crosses are not nearly so determined to become mums.

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.I have had my two buff brahma hens for 10 months now and

none of them are laying eggs!!barnie.gif ones face is really red and she walks really slowly to. the other one has a light red face and walks around with the other chickens looking for food. i want to know if this is normal. aslo do they go broody?? please help asap. Thanks!D.gif

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I've heard hatchery Brahmas hardly ever go broody. Those from breeders are more likely to go broody.

 

I've had Brahmas for going on six years, and none have ever gone broody. All hatchery birds, though.

One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, two EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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One matronly and regal Light Brahma hen, two Silver-laced Wyandotte hens, two Gold-laced Wyandotte hens, one Black Cochin hen, two EE hens, one timid Buff Brahma hen, four obnoxious Speckled Sussex hens, five Welsummer hens, and one twenty-year old cat who is wary of all of them.
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I've heard silkies are known for broodiness. I've actually been thinking about getting a couple just for that.
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