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Good broody

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by worms7, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many times a year does your orpington go broody as I am after a good broody bird with none feathered legs
    Cheers Phil
     
  2. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had an Orpington. She never went broody. You can get a breed that is known for going broody, however, that does not mean the bird you get will be broody.

    A broody hen does not have to sit on her own eggs. You can give her whatever eggs you want hatched.
     
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  3. HeavensHens88

    HeavensHens88 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmmmm...
    Tricky question. In my four years of having Orpingtons, my three never ONCE went broody. Although my friend's Orpi went broody eight times in one year, so it actually tends to depend more on the individual bird's temperament and history- WITHIN a realistically-broody breed of course- you can't expect a Houdan or Yokohama to be a reliable brooder time after time.
    And then, of course, you must evaluate your bird's temperament thoroughly and be assured that she is suitable to raise chicks- if aggressive, some hens have been known to abandon/kill new chicks hatched by the hen itself! Please go peruse more broody forums on BYC before driving straight into the joys of (a hen's) motherhood!
    I've had more luck personally with my Sussexes and even my Wyandottes for standard and feather-leggedless hens. Of course, I can rely on any of my bantams to go broody on any given day, but that's on another wing...
    Among standard, non feather-legged breeds, Sussexes and Orpingtons are the way to go!
    Good luck on your broody battles,
    ~Sarah
     
  4. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do bantam Cochin go broody a lot
    Cheers Phil
     
  5. HeavensHens88

    HeavensHens88 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes indeed! I've hatched many clutches under my old Mottled Cochin banty- they are renowned as excellent mothers! Although the same rules apply: If you get a broody breed, it all depends on the individual bird; even though it's meant to go broody, it may never sit a day in its life!
    Though it's a bit of a toss up either way, I'd definitely say Banty cochins are the way to go if you're interested!
    ~Sarah
     
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  6. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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    here you go! I found some info
    What are the best broody hens?
    Araucana - Frequent Brooder
    Australorp - Very Frequent Brooder
    Belgian D'Anver - Frequent Brooder
    Belgian D'Uccle - Very Frequent Brooder
    Brahma - Frequent Brooder
    Cochin - Top Notch Brooders
    Dominique - Frequent Brooder
    Dorking - Very Frequent Brooder
    Japanese - Very Frequent Brooder
    Java - Frequent Brooder
    Marans - Very Frequent Brooder
    New Hampshire - Good Brooder
    Orpington - Frequent Brooder
    Silkie - Top Notch Brooder
    Sussex - Good Broode
     
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  7. HeavensHens88

    HeavensHens88 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks Summer! I was sort of at loss... XD
     
  8. summerb123

    summerb123 Overrun With Chickens

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  9. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will get a silkie or bantam Cochin & might give the legs a trim
    Cheers Phil
     
  10. SunHwaKwon

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    My two top broodies are my Japanese bantam and my old English bantam. My Sebright sits a couple times a year as well. She hatched and raised my speckled Sussex for me, which was quite a sight lol. He outgrew her very fast.

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