I think this is the right place to ask? I would like to add a broody hen to my flock, the breed I’m working on is not known to be broody and I’d like to hatch eggs without using an incubator. Is this realistic? What should I be looking for? What’s the best breed? Would an older hen be better suited (as in, too old to lay/significant loss in production, so I don’t have to worry about cross breeding)? Or does the hen have to be laying? Does size matter?
the best breed of a broody hen is a silkie or a Buff orpington (sorry if this is a late reply) also a hen 4-6 months is the best for being broody, size does not matter ( she can be an egg layer or not an egg layer it does not really matter.