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Age to brood?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by foREVer, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. foREVer

    foREVer Chirping

    Mar 10, 2011
    SE Michigan
    At what age do most hens usually go broody? Mine are exactly 15 weeks old, and all of my roos started crowing a couple of weeks ago. We have to get rid of 6 - 7 males, so I am getting anxious for a hen to go broody, so we can get some more birds to replace them. Of course, breaking out the incubator is always an option, but I have never had much luck with it, and would like to try using a hen. (Out of 7 sets, 2 eggs hatched. 1 chick was 'special' and died after 4 days, and the other died over the winter)

    I have:
    3 game hens
    2 silkie hens
    4 d'Uccle hens
    4 Barred Rock hens
    5 Wyandotte hens

    What breed(s) do you think will go broody first? (I am betting on the silkie or OEG, lol)
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011

  2. Ken F

    Ken F In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2010
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    I don't have experience with game hens or silkies, but I can tell you that 3 of my Wyandottes went broody for the first time at 7 months old. Since then two have each hatched 2 broods. My Barred Rocks are the same age and have never gone broody.

    Good luck!

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