Best broodies

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tnmommy, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. tnmommy

    tnmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2013
    Loretto, TN
    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?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    There are breeds that tend to be setters but it is still up to the individual.
    Silkies, cochins, brahmas, penedesencas, sussex, orpingtons, australorps, delawares, dorkings, javas, langshans.

    I've even had a black leghorn go broody often so one never knows.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I keep bantam cochins for broodies. This year I'll be trying Dark Cornish. I've also had good luck with game hens.

    Orpingtons are traditionally broody...mine not so much. Silkies are a classic for brooding, I just don't care for them personally.

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