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Do Barred Rocks get broody

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by john in wa, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. john in wa

    john in wa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a trio of barred rock hens who are giving a egg aday. i have started leaving the eggs in the nest box the last 3 days now have 9 eggs. i am whishing one will get broody an start setting from having all the eggs in the nest box. we had barred rocks as a kid but i dont remember them going broody. i do remember grandma always had a couple old game hens that was always broody.

    thanks for the help
     
  2. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any chicken can go broody some are just more likely than others.I don't think barred rocks are known for it.Also you only need 6 eggs for them to go broody.

    I would suggust getting a hen of breed known for it's broodieness and have her hatch them.I pesonally would do something like Orphington not a game bird since the Game birds are known for being mean.

    Just my two cents
     
  3. Meloout831

    Meloout831 Out Of The Brooder

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    The broody hens are them fighting chicken ones. It will sit on any egg.
     
  4. john in wa

    john in wa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah that's what i was thinking. grandma always had one maybe two game hens to brood her eggs. she would let them start setting then steal the eggs and replace with her barred rock or Rhode island reds. they made great mothers and would defend the chicks really well. I have been flogged by them many times out at grandma's as a kid trying to catch a baby chick. but would of rather been flogged by the hen than grandma if she caught us messing with her chickens.
     
  5. igetallthechix

    igetallthechix Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I was on here wondering if I should take the egg pile away from my barred rock flock. After reading a bunch of posts I decided to give up on them going broody...well I found TWO hens sharing the nest of 18 eggs. HAHAHA I had to remove them from the flock because the other girls kept laying on them. Now Yesterday I went to check on them in the shed and found a chick, this morning another had just hatched. I'm hoping between the two of them they will be able to manage the different hatch dates.....
     
  6. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen Premium Member

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    If they go broody they will sit on NOTHING... for weeks. I don't think you can make them go broody, if they do then give them eggs. Hatchery BR I would not think would go broody, my Blue Rocks and Blue Barred Rocks will go broody... not often, but they will. I think Heritage rocks would be more likely than hatchery.
     
  7. HARAR

    HARAR New Egg

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    yes My barred rock is now broody!
     
  8. Christina1319

    Christina1319 Just Hatched

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    Plymouth rock have all the qualities I'm looking for except for being broody, should I get anther hen to hatch or wait it out and watch chit one too go broody? How likely are they to want to stay with their eggs?
     

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