Faverolles- Are they always this broody?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by pixiechick, May 1, 2009.

  1. pixiechick

    pixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From my 4 hens hatched in April of 2008, my faverolle has gone broody twice. The other three have never been broody ( though one has never layed an egg either, but thats a different and equalling perplexing issue). Anyway, my mom's faverolles from the same hatch are also the only ones to go broody. Is this common for that breed?
     
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    None of mine ever been broody.

    However they HAVE been known to be broody! Be thankful they are so you can have your very own incubator![​IMG]
     
  3. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    I had one hen that was consistently broody. Absolutely awesome mom. Loved her. She would go broody, raise the chicks for a few months while laying again, and then go broody all over again.

    I usually let her set for a few weeks in the breed pen to make sure she was setting "for real". Then at night after about two weeks I would move her into a cage so the fire ants couldn't get to the eggs and chicks when they hatched. She once sat through a storm that ripped the roof off the hen house she was sitting in and rolled cages and hutches around the yard. (Oddly that was the first and only time my Bobwhite Quail ever layed too?) She did a great job covering eggs, and usually hatched out everything you put under her. I even coordinated my incubators inside to hatch when she would so I could foster the babies on her. I loved checking on her and seeing her covered in babies. She always looked like she was so happy.

    She would even steal chicks from other hens to take as her own. I made the mistake of letting one of my Rhode Island Reds sit once. Apparently she hatched out two chicks during the night and decided she was done. When I went to check on her the next morning the two chicks were in the middle of the yard screaming their heads off. Periodically she would run over to them and rap them sharply on the head. The Faverolle pen was next to theirs and Monica was just frantic to get to the babies. She had broken the feathers on her chest rubbing the wire, pacing trying to get to them. Upon rescuing them I discovered the RIR had scalped the babies and they were covered in fire ants. I doctored them and gave them to the Salmon Faverolle. Monica immediately stuffed them under her and proceeded to take care of them with the month old brood she already had. Unfortunately the babies didn't make it, but we tried.

    I would love to have another hen like her when I get chickens again.
     
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I had some great looking Faverolles a few years back and they never went broody. I got some more from a different place in 2007 and they were really broody in 2008. They all went broody at least once, some twice. One in the middle of winter! I was all prepared for them to be really broody again this year, but so far, not one!

    Maybe you'll get lucky and yours won't be as broody after this year, either.

    I've probably just jinxed myself... [​IMG]
     
  5. DANNY

    DANNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA
    Actually i think faverolles are bred not to set only for egg production but there are always exeptions.
     
  6. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    All of my four Favorelles go broody.
     

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