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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Lady Nilstria, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. Lady Nilstria

    Lady Nilstria In the Brooder

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    Greetings!

    I want to get some Silver Sebrights, and I heard that they aren't very good sitters, so some people who raise them get another hen to hatch the eggs and raise the chicks if they don't want to go with an incubator.

    Therefore, what breeds, standard or bantam, are really good sitters and mothers? I'd probably only get one or two of the sitting breed, so the eggs they themselves produce don't mean much to me.
     

  2. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Songster

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    From what I've read, Cochins and Old English Games.

    I don't yet have any firsthand experience with this, but I have five Cochins and plan to see how they'll do later this year.
     
  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

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    silkie x heavy breed..
     
  4. Silkies are hands down the best setters there are. In fact, Silkies are commonly used by breeders who raise quail, pheasant and other gamebirds, to hatch eggs that the gamebird hens wont set on.

    I've personally known Silkies who have tried to hatch tennis balls, and currently I have a Silkie hen who has been setting on air for a month and a half. She is definitely dedicated if she's anything!
     
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  5. NCchickenlady

    NCchickenlady Songster

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    Quote:agreed! Same here, one sitting on air and don't mess with her!! LOL
     
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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    Game hens, and cochins. Game hens also made great mothers.
     
  7. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Songster

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    my cochin bantams have hatched everything from duck eggs to pheasant eggs, more trustworthy than any incubator:D
     

  8. Cajunsamoan

    Cajunsamoan Songster

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    I would say silkies or game hens. My little game hen is an amazing mama.
     
  9. sandypaws

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    BANTIE COCHINS!!!! GGEEZZZZ.. i cant get mine to STOP sitting.. specially during the spring, they wont wait for a clutch of eggs,, they will go broody sitting on only ONE egg!!!!
    and i had a GREAT bantie ameracauna.. she hatched 2Xs a year and was an awesome mom.... very pretty and tiny,, slipped through almost any fence i put up..
    sadly, the dogs got her when she was 3,, i miss her

    yeah.. none of my seabrights have ever gone broody... but i have a few seabright X duccle X cochin that are good sitters...
     
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  10. Jonathanq1

    Jonathanq1 Songster

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    Game hens I think are the most protective mothers. [​IMG]
     

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