Can an incubator hatched hen become a sitting hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by badbaty, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. badbaty

    badbaty In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2009
    Knoxville, Tn
    i am just getting back into chickens and i was told back when i was a boy that an incubator hatch hen will never hatch and raise chicks
    is this true or does it have to do with the breed. when i was a boy we raised bramha (spelling) and we never gave them a chance to sit on a nest of eggs any help will be helpfull
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    Yes an incubator hatched hen can become broody...I have three to prove it. It is not a learned behavior.

    By the way...welcome. My youngest raises bantam brahmas...they have not shown any signs of going broody
  3. DANNY

    DANNY Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    No not true. It is true that some breeds are bred for high egg production and not to set.
  4. Jades Chickens

    Jades Chickens Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    I would say definatly so. Some breeds still sit very well. Buff orpingtons and light brahmas just to name a couple.
  5. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    Broodiness depends on the breed, not how they came into the world. I've had many of my hens go broody and they were hatched in an incubator. They sat, hatched and raised their chicks - one even raised baby ducks after sitting on a duck nest for a month. So far I've had Marans, Araucanas, EEs and Buff Orps go broody.
  6. ve

    ve Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Palmetto GA
    Hi.Wellcome to BYC. Brahma are verry broody breed.Broodyness depends on genes.I have one hen from Cackle Hatchery hatched 03.19.08 been broody for 3th time now.Brahma,Cochin,Silkie,Weandote,Buff Orpington are good mothers.My hen is Iova Blue.
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I have one that ended up being the best mother ever! She is great and does everything right [​IMG]
  8. badbaty

    badbaty In the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2009
    Knoxville, Tn
    thank you everyone i have some wyndotes on the way and i am going to have to incubate them and i am glad to hear the they will beable to hatch some eggs for me later a lot easier for me
  9. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Whether they hatch in an incubator or not has nothing to do with it, but the breed does. I had several Wyandottes in the past, and while they were lovely hens, and good layers, I never saw them brood. Not once.

    Here's a link that gives general tendencies for various breeds:

    They describe Wyandottes as "infrequent brooder;
    excellent mother ". In other words, if you do get one that broods, she'll most likely be a great mom, but don't hold your breath.

    You may get lucky, and get a broody one. Or you could just get a few hens of a known broody breed, and keep them around for hatching eggs for you. My best brooders are dark Cornish, (from a hatchery, so they were from an incubator) and light Brahmas, that I hatched in my incubator, and some of the Brahma mix offspring, mostly hatched and raised by hens. Silkies brood easily, but they're tiny, and can't cover very many eggs at once.
  10. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    And "general tendencies" can be misleading. At this point MOST of my hatchery Partridge Rocks have gone broody and are raising or have raised chicks.

    Luck of the draw with some breeds but I was told they wouldn't and was pleasantly surprised.

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