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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 13 chickens, Aug 2, 2013.
I have a bunch of EE/RIR mixes and I was wondering if I will get some broody hens out of them
I think a lot will depend on where you got them from, or rather where the parents came from. I have not found hatchery EEs or RIR to be very broody, the occasional one will go broody, but not very often, maybe 10% of mine will try to go broody once a year. Heritage RIR seem to be a lot more broody, and Ameraucans seem to be a lot more broody. So if your mixes are of mostly hatchery stock, you might get the occasional broody, if they are of more breeder stock, they will probably go broody more often.
Sounds like we will be on similar journeys. I have RIRs and EEs. Only one little red laying so far. Should be interesting.
I hatched them all myself, I have 4 RIR hens and 1 EE roo
An update, since we seem to have similar circumstances: 4 of mine have EE mixed in somewhere down the line, 3 have gone broody. I let one hatch 5 mutt eggs with all of them successful. One set 3 but only 1 made it. Peepers is only sitting on 1 from one of my production red mixes. With only six grown hens, and three with broody possibilities I figured we'd hatch eggs from my non-Broodies and hope for the best!
As far as I know known of mine are broody but I haven't been finding eggs so maybe