broody hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Malibufarmer, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. Malibufarmer

    Malibufarmer Out Of The Brooder

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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.
     
  2. Jennings Gamefowl

    Jennings Gamefowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    silkies are one of the most broodiest... they get along with prettty much any breed of chickens
     
  3. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Buff Orpington is the way to go! [​IMG]

    -Austin
     
  4. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    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.
     
  6. crzychickenlady

    crzychickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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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!!
     
  7. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My speckled sussex and her brood of 9....just because
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    My Silkies are very broody and excellent mothers. [​IMG]
     
  9. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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! [​IMG]
     
  10. Jubaby

    Jubaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out of all my chickens, my two Buff Orpingtons are the only ones to ever go broody. Both have been great mommas.
     

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