Broody breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bigz1983, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. MROO

    MROO Crossing the Road

    Have you thought about Jersey Giants? They were originally developed as a dual purpose breed, with the intention of replacing the turkey. They take a little longer to reach full weight ... but that final weight can be pretty impressive. I've only got one at the moment (she's a Kindergarten dropout!) but so far, she's just about the sweetest pullet I've met, and I'm told they'll go broody, given the chance and some encouragement (a quiet nest box with a fake egg or two.) I'm seriously considering acquiring a roo next summer. They're a US developed breed, and endangered to boot and I think it would be fun to add them to my Nankins. Side-by-side runs with really BIG black chickens and really tiny red ones ... that ought to make for an interesting set-up!
     
  2. SurferchickinSB

    SurferchickinSB Crowing

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    Marans, my Black Copper Marans, so broody! I finally broke down and gave her 2 chicks that I picked up one morning on my way home from the beach and gave them to her before she killed her self! I could not break her of it, all my others quit after a week or two. My Orpingtons haven’t been broody at all:)
     
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  3. SurferchickinSB

    SurferchickinSB Crowing

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    Mine never has either:)
     
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  4. Criticalicious

    Criticalicious Crowing

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    Try getting your next birds from a breeder or someone whose chickens go broody reliably, rather than a hatchery. You may get better results.
     
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  5. MROO

    MROO Crossing the Road

    @ConnieA - This is a bit off-topic (sorry OP!) but you wouldn't happen to still have RC Nankins, would you? I'm looking to tighten up the combs on mine and could use a new pair - or possibly even a single cockerel - to stir the genetics up a bit. If you do, could you please pm me?
     
  6. pepe1

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    I had 2 Black Austrolops go broody this year and hatch 17 chicks from 20 eggs.
     
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