does broodiness get passed throw to offspring ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by peepsthebrassy, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. peepsthebrassy

    peepsthebrassy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK I have seen a thread on this but the question was not answered. So I have a frequent Belgian d'anver/average Belgian d'uccle broody chicken mix and I mix that with the EE that is seldom broody. How often will the offspring be broody in a year? Will the offspring be at all as broody as the one of its parents that is d'anvers/d'uccle?
     
  2. varidgerunner

    varidgerunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have science to back it up but it is my theory that it behaves like an incomplete dominant gene. Meaning that if you cross broody to non broody you will get "aggravating broody", quits laying, sets but may or may not raise chicks., instead of reliable broodiness. I think there is a lot more to it than that, but that is kind of how it works. I consider reliable broodiness to mean multiple clutches per year with high hatch rates, no breaking eggs, carrying off bad eggs as needed, and absolutely no pooping in the nest. I think a lot of chickens that are considered broody are just the aggravating kind, and they will throw a percentage of hens just like them, and they will raise some chicks if everything goes just right. In working with true broody chickens, every pullet in the flock will become broody after the first few eggs are laid, not just a few hens in the flock going broody and maybe not until they are two or three years old.
     
  3. peepsthebrassy

    peepsthebrassy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you mean that new hens wont go broody until 2 or three? My broody hen peeps goes broody every year once a year and she started at 1 year and now is seven. she is the one that is d'uccle and d'anvers mix.
     
  4. varidgerunner

    varidgerunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The research I have seen and the experiences that I have had would suggest that crossing broody to non broody would only get you a percentage that go broody at all and some of then not until they are older.
     

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