At which age Sussex hens would go broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tatiana110, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. Tatiana110

    Tatiana110 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have a few Light Sussex pullets that are 3 months old. We are hoping they'll start laying in a couple of months.

    I am wondering if they'll go broody this year?

    Would they be good mothers as first-time broodies?
     
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  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    No birds go broody before they start laying, and few do until they are adults. There is really no way to say if your birds will ever go broody, or how good they will be at it. If they come from a hen that went broody, and who was a good mother, the chance of both is higher.
     
  3. Tatiana110

    Tatiana110 Chillin' With My Peeps

    So I should not count on any going broody in their first year, even if they hatched on Christmas?
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Right. Broodiness has been somewhat bred out, as broody hens don't lay, and productivity has been selected for more than broodiness. Since eggs are mostly incubator hatched there is often not any reason to select for good maternal charactoristics. Still, hens of about any breed can go broody, and some do with annoying frequency.
     

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