I attempted to get rid of the rooster, just to save my girls the back feathers, but the boy cried and so he crows in my backyard for a long time, I guess. I wanted to sell chicks and raise my own replacement layers, anyway.... So, I'm wondering if there is a best breed for broodies. I don't want to get an incubator unless I have to. The last time we tried to hatch with a homemade incubator, my sister-in-law's power went out and 2 eggs out of 20 hatched. Cochins?