Best Broody Hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by killer_diller_chick, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. killer_diller_chick

    killer_diller_chick Out Of The Brooder

    This is a double ended question. I am planning on picking up acouple Cochin Bantams to use for broodies for my Delawares
    Did I make the right choice?
    Should I have picked a differant breed?
    What has been most sucessfull for you all?
  2. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    I've heard good things about broody cochins. Not sure I'd pick a bantam, but that's probably because I'm used to BIG broody hens! LOL

    I have 3 favorite broodies that I use all the time. A heritage Dominique, a Buff Orpington, and a big old mixed breed hen. All 3 of them are fabulous mommas.

    I think it just depends on the hen, more than the breed in general. Sure, certain breeds are more likely to go broody than others, but there is no guarantee.
  3. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

    Apr 21, 2009
    Port Angeles Wa
    I think you picked a good breed all my 3 broody hens where bantams Cochin, Jap and My RIR and there 7 months old. Great mama so far has been the Jap Bantam
  4. davidb

    davidb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2008
    north east Georgia
    I always use game hens, most will set 3 or 4 times a year and they are real good mother hens
  5. Jennings Gamefowl

    Jennings Gamefowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2009
    Quote:me two my grey hen just hatch her 4th batch of eggs...all 7 eggs hatch.. Game hens are just as good as silkies( which i have to to hatch the game eggs)...
  6. golden comets

    golden comets Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 31, 2009
    I like silkies,they will try to hatch air
  7. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    The Cochin breed makes for great broodies, but size may be an issue. They can't incubate many eggs at a time. I would opt for a larger breed if available.
  8. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    The last Bantam cochin hen I let raise chicks ended up sticking with them for over 3 months!!! She hatched out 5 seramas and a medium sized mixed breed chick .They are now 4 months old and still tend to roam around the yard with their mama. IMO Cochins make wonderful broodies.
  9. marlamiller

    marlamiller Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 5, 2009
    Game hen here to they are fave good mothers.[​IMG]
  10. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a Buff Orpington hen who is a GREAT "Broody" !!! Also a game hen that is good but not quite as good as the Big, Feathery, Buff Orpington because she can't cover as many eggs (smaller). [​IMG]

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]

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