Broody Chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Buster, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Can someone tell me what a good egglaying standard size chicken that goes broody is? I would like to have some broody birds. Also, I have Speckled Sussex, Partridge Rocks, New Hampshire Reds, and an Ameraucana. Will any of these go broody?
     
  2. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure if those will go broody, but I have Standard Old English and they get pretty broody. However, really can't predict when they will go broody though.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Speckled Sussex is a good broody.

    Partridge Rocks doesn't go broody often.

    New Hampshire Reds is a good broody.

    Buff Orpingtons are good broody hens.

    So are silkies but I don't care for the type. There are many who slip eggs under their silkies for hatching different breeds.


    Editing to add - those are not the only ones that are good broody hens. Just what came to mind quickly. Look over on henderson's site at their chart and for some really good info.
     
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  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Buff Orps have a reputation for going broody and being attentive moms. I'll lend you Miss Grumpy Pants (aka Pumpkin) next time she goes broody.
     
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  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    Henderson's
    chicken chart lists which breeds are good broodies.

    We have Banties and the Mottled Cochins and Silkies are the broodiest. I sold the MC's awhile back because of their broodiness and now I'm constantly "breaking a brood", thanks to the Silkies.

    It wouldn't be a bad thing IF it was spring-time and all three hens went broody but we've been colder than normal here and I don't have the extra room to seperate them and let them do a hatch.

    Dawn
     
  6. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Thanks for the advice- i'm hoping my ss hens will go broody for me in the spring
     

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