Bes broody hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ninabl, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. ninabl

    ninabl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatched a bunch of barred rocks last year and plan to hatch rhode island reds this year along with some Cornish x eggs. Last year I used a incubator and want to use a hen this year. I am wondering what the best hen breeds for this purpose would be? I have a cousin that used a silkie for this and it worked out good. I have also heard of silkies trying to hatch a rock. It seems like everyone around here is wanting a arm and a leg for a silkie right now and I'm not wanting to drive to far with today's gas prices. My barred rocks won't go broody for nothing. I have done some research online and come back empty handed so I figured I would ask here and see what the pros have to say.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep! Silkies definitely!!
    If you just want a Silkie or two for their broodiness, check out the local poultry swaps or auctions in your area.
    Here the Silkies are going for about $5 at the auctions.
    They won't be show quality, but you don't need show quality to hatch eggs.
    My friend's daughter just bought two Silkies at an auction last month (a male & female) for $7 each.
    Well, they both turned out to be female and they both are sitting on eggs right now.

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