broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ejordan, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. ejordan

    ejordan New Egg

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    Right now I have 2 black sex link hens, and 3 Ameraucana hens. I've read neither of these are really known for going broody. I'm very interested in having hens that would do this. What would be a good breed for me to try?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Silkies are notoriously broody.
     
  3. ejordan

    ejordan New Egg

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    That's great to know. I have a local breeder with silkies and have always thought they are beautiful. How are there eggs in size??
     
  4. Naser

    Naser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buff Orpingtons have a very strong tendency to go broody they are good mothers and can take more eggs than silkies
     
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  5. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always read that Rhode Island Reds rarely, if ever, go broody.

    Someone had better tell my girls then - I have had 3 RIR's hatch chicks within the space of two months of each other, and a fourth one has had two stints in the broody buster cage to date! I guess they didn't read the books......

    I do agree though that the BO's make good Mommas. My BO hatched chicks 8 weeks ago, and whilst she left them about a week ago to go back to 'being a chicken' with the rest of the flock, she still stops by the chick pen to check on her babies a couple of times a day. She will just sit with them quietly for a few minutes, then wander back out to do her thing.

    - Krista
     

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