Age to brood?

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

  1. foREVer

    foREVer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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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