Chickens wont go broody?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ArekE, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. ArekE

    ArekE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont understand. I have all broody breeds except my RIR's and Sexlinks. And out of all of my time owning chickens i have only had 1 chicken(a Buff Orpington pullet) go broody who was then killed by my dog[​IMG]. I have now 2 BO'S, 2 Wyandottes, 2 Cochins, 3 BR'S, 1 Russian Orloff, 1 Polish, 1 Light Brahma bantam, a Light Brahma, An Ameraucana, 2 RIR, And two BSL. Whats going on (at the moment they are molting)?
     
  2. ArekE

    ArekE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be getting silkies to accompany my two silkie roosters.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Not all birds within a so-called "broody" breed will go broody. It all depends on the individual bird. Many breeds (especially those from a hatchery) have had broodiness at least partly bred out of them.

    Silkies are probably your best bet for a broody hen. But, you'll still find individuals in that breed that never go broody.
     
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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  5. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You probably won't get a broody until Spring, although they can go broody during the Winter, it's not common. My Brahmas have never gone broody, even though the breed is prone to. My best broody is a Buff Rock! I would just be patient, if you want babies your best bet is probably an incubator. You'll get a broody eventually and it'll be worth the wait!!!
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    How old are your birds?
     
  7. ArekE

    ArekE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some are 7 months the others are about 3 years. The BO that hatched chicks about 6 week are BO' and Barred Rock Buff Orpington crosses. I have an incubator but i dont really like to use it cause i like to see the momma raise them.
     
  8. ArekE

    ArekE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Although, i do think my Light Brahma thought about it one day but she was only on it for a couple hours.
     
  9. ArekE

    ArekE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I havnt been on this for a month. I still have no broodies i got so desperate for chicks i put some more in the incubator. Here in colorado we just got over a terrible cold spell and it left some of the roos witha little frost bite and very decreased egg production.
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Sounds like your hens know it's not a good time of year to be raising babies.
     

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