Broody Breed?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Shaun Hagan, May 8, 2008.

  1. Shaun Hagan

    Shaun Hagan In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2008
    Northern NH
    Is there a breed that is particularly prone to broody behavior?
  2. Silkies are the best breed if you want a broody hen. They only lay about 2-15 eggs before they go broody.
  3. okiehen

    okiehen Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Lots are, silkies are very are lots of bantam breeds.
    On the Standared breeds. American Game. Orpingtons.
    Australorp. Jersey Giant. Delaware. New Hamp Red.
    Ameraucana/ Araucana. Chanteclers. Turkins. Cochin.
    This is just a few that I know of.
  4. BaronRenfrew

    BaronRenfrew Songster

    I recently learned that Silver Gray Dorkings are notorious for going broody.

    One hatchery that sells these adds a warning that they cannot guarantee delivery date as sometimes the whole flock goes broody at the same time and egg production stops.
  5. Shaun Hagan

    Shaun Hagan In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2008
    Northern NH
    Thanks, I may have to look into grabbing a couple of hens to hatch eggs with. My current ones are Barred Rocks which are not particularly so.
  6. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I have 3 broody cuckoo marans as we speak,with another one seriously cosidering it.
  7. henjoy

    henjoy Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    Silkies!! They will set on anything-or nothing at all. Right now I have silkies setting on duck eggs. They saw the eggs (the duck wasn't setting yet) and four of them divided up the eggs and have been setting ever since. I don't think that they could help themselves. The eggs should hatch next week. Silkies are definitely my choice as broodies. PS The duck has made herself another nest and is setting now with no silkie interference.
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Well, I think I have the most unusual silkies because mine rarely go broody. My araucana are my best broodies here. The buff orps aren't far behind and like to sit as well.

    Broodies in progress right now.. [​IMG]

    5 araucana (1 black, 2 white, 1 splash, 1 bbr)
    3 buff orps
    2 buff ameraucana
    0 silkies


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