Best Broody types?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by DURR, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. DURR

    DURR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so when I buy chicks this spring I was wanting to purchase a few of a breed that have the better chance of going broody. So if anyone could tell me what breeds to look into for what I want please let me know! :)
     
  2. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of bird do you want? Bantams or Largefowl? Dual-Purpose, Gamefowl, or fluffy pets? Hatchery or Breeder?

    Most bantams will go broody, and make excellent mothers. Some of the best are Old English, Silkies, Cochins, D'Uccles, and Brahmas.

    Gamefowl are the most intelligent mothers. They are very protective of their young, and will train them to forage and survive well. However, they usually don't adopt chicks, and they do not want outside involvement (meaning humans).

    Asiatics are the kindest, and stupidest mothers. They will sit on anything, but don't be surprised if they squash or loose their young. If you intend to free-range your hen and chicks, they are not the best option.

    Heritage fowl also make good mothers. They will sit on their young, some will adopt, tolerate you, and they will have their chicks outside learning to survive. However, where you buy your heritage stock is important. Most heritage stock from breeders will brood, but not all hatchery fowl will. Oftentimes, hatchery birds such as the Rhode Island Red, Plymouth Rock, Australorp, Orpington, and Wyandotte have been bred for production, and no longer brood.
     
  3. DURR

    DURR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just wanting something that will sit on eggs and hatch them for me due to limited incubator space. She will be kept with a rooster once she starts to lay and as soon as she goes broody he will be removed and she'll be used as a bator lol and kept in with my younger birds. So something that is calm ans easy going would be prefered. Size doesn't matter.
     
  4. AraucanaAnnie

    AraucanaAnnie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Silkies are generally considered to be the best broodies, but that means lay a clutch, sit for 21 days, raise the chicks, repeat...:) I that's what you want they're great! Cochin bantams are also popular, and Japanese's are *supposed* to be good broodies, though mine never has.
     
  5. DURR

    DURR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea I want to try to be able to have chicks year round. I want my chicken "obsession" to be a profitable benifit in any way possible. Just so that I can convince the hubby to let me get into them like I want! Haha. What would be the cheapest way to go for broody type?
     
  6. AraucanaAnnie

    AraucanaAnnie Chillin' With My Peeps

    It depends on if you want show quality or not. I would say silkies would probably hatch the most chicks, and if they don't have to be perfect are common.
     
  7. astralorps and cochins are good for being broody!
     
  8. arcy liger

    arcy liger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think aseel ..they can hatch 20/20 eggs ....and you can grapht chicks to them
     
  9. DURR

    DURR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about a good laying breed? I'd use her eggs for eating and give her other eggs to set?
     
  10. arcy liger

    arcy liger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeh sure....
     

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