Do you think I can expect a few chicks this year?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Snob Doctor, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Snob Doctor

    Snob Doctor Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 hens- a leghorn, a wyandotte, and three leghorn/RIR mixes.

    I'm fairly certain all were born early to mid last year.

    My question is- can I expect hopefully [​IMG] at least one of them to make me some babies this spring/summer?
    My Americauna rooster is always jumping them (and my pink little silkie boy tries :p not sure if he's ever been successful) so I'm sure the eggs are fertilized, but are they old enough to want to go broody?
     
  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are laying eggs they are old enough to brood but different breeds tend to be more broody that others and leghorns are notoriously not broody. My leghorn is 3 and has been gone broody. If you are serious about hatching naturally I would get a few of a broody breed like silkies or cochins.
     
  3. Snob Doctor

    Snob Doctor Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah I figured, only the Wyandotte seems mature and motherly enough :p I'd love a few silkies for my silkie rooster, so I guess I'll be looking for a couple of those.. Difficult finding them in my area though :/ I've only got Craigslist as a source...
     

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