broody hens.....

Debbienmousey

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I hear that Silkies and most Game breeds generally go broody the most. All breeds of hens can go broody though.

But it all depends on what you want in a broody. Do you want a hen that will hatch, raise, hatch, raise, etc. all year long? Get a Silkie. (I'm not sure if Game breeds go broody this much, as I know very little about Game breeds) Or do you want a broody which will probably raise 1 or 2 hatches a year? Do you want only 1 specific hen to be your "broody"?

Our flock is very mixed in breeds. We have Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds, Red Stars, Columbian Wyandottes, and a few others plus many mixes of those listed above.

So far this year we've had 2 hens successfully hatch chicks (1 has raised hers, they're 6 weeks old now; the other just finished hatching hers a couple days ago), and 4 broodies. I expect we'll have even more hens going broody soon. And a couple months ago I was on a serious search for acquiring some Silkies. Now I don't know, lol. We'll have chicks coming out our ears.
 

77horses

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I've heard that silkies, cochins, game breeds, and buff orpingtons usually go broody and make good mothers.
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All depends on the hen herself.
 

azelgin

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Your Dutch bantams will for sure. I've unfortunatly had good luck with my Golden Laced Wyandottes. 3 out of five this spring. I was hoping they lay instead.
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