are EE's good broody hens ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by FortWorthChicks, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Fort Worth
    I ask because I have just ordered some laying pullets expecting chicks on the 28th and today found one of my hens who has been slacking big time on the egg production on the nest. I thought nothing of it and came back later to collect her egg; She was gone from the nest but she had pulled off alot of feathers and looks like she is getting ready to brood.

    It's bad timing of coarse with all the chicks on the way but maybe I will put a few of my Light Brahma x silkie eggs under her and see if they will hatch. That way if she decides to leave the nest after a few days I won't be so disappointed.
  2. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    Mine haven't so far and I've read anywhere from CAN be broody, RARELY broody and NEVER broody. Sorry can't help more than that!
  3. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    Never had a broody EE in three years![​IMG]
  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    In the 4-5 years I had them, never had a broody. Had a broody red sex link though and she was a good mama.
  5. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    I have had my EE's since spring of 2008 and they have not gone broody. But then again they are hatchery chickens which are bred to be 'anti' broody.
  6. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have some captured EE which are really good broodies... But they are feral around here and I suspect mixed with Gamefowl and Sumatras.... They are different from hatchery stock.
  7. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    I have had Americaunas for several years now..and they have gone broody once..UGHHHH..however, my Partridge Cochins are the broodiest things I have ever seen..
  8. Freeholder

    Freeholder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2008
    Klamath County, OR
    In all the years I've been keeping chickens, I've had a total of five hens go broody. Four of them were EE's. Make of that what you will!


    ETA: I suppose that information is rather useless without my telling you how long I've been keeping chickens! Almost thirty years! But, I haven't been breeding chickens, just buying new chicks almost every year and raising them. And for the most part (other than some Buff Orps and Black Australorps), the breeds I've kept aren't known for going broody. The Salmon Faverolles I'll be getting this year will be my first real breeding project (and I hope some of them will go broody!).
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010

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