Broodiness in Buff Orpingtons

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by davidchickens, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. davidchickens

    davidchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    BYC,
    I know this point has been discussed, but I'd like to bring it up again. The broodiness rate of Buff Orpingtons. Their listed as a broody breed yet it always seems a little weak. My question is this, in a LARGE flock of Buff Orpingtons (25-50) is Broodiness very likely. Info on broodiness in 1-2 years vs later years would all be helpful. Note I WANT them to go broody. I can't seem to find another clean legged DP breed with the trait, and even these seem weak. My question is, in a large, hatchery (ideal poultry or mcmurray) flock of Buff Orpingtons, can I be sure of at least a few broodies each year. Thanks for answers!
     
  2. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never had a BO, but have you tried Australorps? My McMurray hatchery Aussies go broody fairly frequently. I had a mama raise 19 chicks last March (4 she hatched herself, and it was COLD, and 15 I added from the hatchery), she did an amazing job! I'm hoping she will do the same this year.
     
  3. davidchickens

    davidchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I'll look at Australorps!
     
  4. Mamasan7

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    I started with a buff in my original flock of 8 and now I have added 3 more. They ARE broody! At least one, possibly 2 times (once per year per chicken) they have gotten downright mean!
    I left them alone at first and then when they finally left the coop after about a 2 to three weeks, I just threw the egg away.
    But now I use a broom and physically toss the hen out of the coop every day! - Broodiness? Ain't nobody got time for that!
    They go through it much fast now, and it only seems to last 1 week or less.
    I know they want to be mommies, so while I'm tossing them out I tell them how ungrateful offspring can be and how when they get to the teen/pullet stage they get mouthy and want piercings
     
  5. davidchickens

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    Funny, but hopeful for my part!
     

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