broody hens

Malibufarmer

In the Brooder
12 Years
May 24, 2007
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hey guys i was wondering what were some good broodys but still could lay some eggs and get along with my barred rocks.
 

lowcountrypoultry

Songster
11 Years
Jan 30, 2008
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Beaufort, South Carolina
Buff Orpington is the way to go!
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-Austin
 

Portia

Songster
11 Years
Feb 29, 2008
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South Central PA
My speckled sussex are great broodies & wonderful layers and they get along very well in my flock (which includes barred rocks). When I do let them hatch out chicks they are excellent mothers. I'll warn you though, once they set they expect chicks!
 
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Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
12 Years
Feb 2, 2009
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Southeast Louisiana
You might try the My Pet Chicken Breed selector tool to narrow the search

http://www.mypetchicken.com/breedQuestions.aspx

Then the Henderson Chart to help you in your decision.

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

My first choice for your criteria would be the Sussex. Lots of people on here post about how great the Orpingtons are at being broody and great mothers. I'm sure there are others.

Olde English Game Hen females are tremendous mothers and I think they get along with your other breeds. Not sure about their egg laying. The Olde English roosters, however, do not get along with other roosters and will probably fight to the death.
 

crzychickenlady

Songster
12 Years
Jan 31, 2007
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I have a few Cochins that are great broodies, also Phoenix are very good broodies as well.....but my Phoenix hen does not play well with other, she is THE boss! LOL

Cochins also lay big beautiful brown eggs!!
 

jessupfamily

Songster
12 Years
May 14, 2007
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SW Indiana
Silkies and Buff Orps! Last year I had a silkie mix hatch 3 batches of babies! she would sit, hatch, and raise them for about 6 weeks, then star all over immediately! This same hen started sitting 2 months ago and has a nice brood! And I have a Buff EE Silkie mix sitting right now! My Silkies and Silkie mixes are amazing sitters and mamas!
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