Chickens won't sit on eggs because they're from the feed store??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FarmerWife, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. FarmerWife

    FarmerWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone!
    Happy New Year ! I have a question for anyone who can help me. Last spring, I had high hopes for baby chicks, but my chickens will NOT sit on their eggs. I was told that they wouldn't because they were feed store chicks, is this true?? I'm wanting to try again this spring when it warms up, but if this is the case, I may have to try and find someone with chickens who were not purchased at the feed store. Can someone help?? Thanks !

    Blessings to you all!
    Dianna
     
  2. Ashdoes

    Ashdoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where you got them doesn't matter as much as what breed they are. What breed do you have?
     
  3. FarmerWife

    FarmerWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Reds, Barred Rocks, and not sure what you call the white hens, leg horns I think. One banty, used to have two, but the other was killed by a hawk. So do these breeds usually not lay on their eggs? Thanks!

    Dianna
     
  4. Ashdoes

    Ashdoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, not likely. They're bred to lay lots of eggs, not to sit on them. Get yourself a couple Cochins or Silkies, then you will have a broody.
     
  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They aren't terribly broody breeds but they can. Hatchery birds really don't have anything to do with it. I have a Russian Orloff (seldom broody) from a hatchery that is patiently sitting on 2 golfballs right now. Pick up a broody hen and let her sit on an assortment of eggs when you're ready.
     
  6. FarmerWife

    FarmerWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, will see if I can find some here, thank so much !

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  7. jenifry

    jenifry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had two of my RIR hens go broody, but they were terrible mothers, they gave up before the eggs even hatched.
     
  8. LoneOak

    LoneOak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buff Orpingtons will usually have a broody hen in every flock of 5 or 6. A buddy of mine has a flock of 12 Buffs and just had two go broody and sucessfully hatch 15 chicks apiece. Now next spring he is going to have so many some of them will have to find new homes. Dad was a Rhode Island Red Rooster.
     

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