Good Brooody Hens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by WinterChicks, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. WinterChicks

    WinterChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would <3 to raise chicks! I need some recomendations on good broody hens...I currently have a mixed banty rooster with a mixed lg bantam (maybe some bramha in him) and silver sebright.old english game and possible something elkse in them? Also Could the bantam rooster fertilize a standread Bramha?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Old English Game hens are probably the best; Silkies are usually very good. I had some Kraienkoppes that all were exceleent broodies and mothers, as advertised. Also very good are Malays, Shamos, Asils, and Madagascar Games. Basically, a breed that hasn't had its broodiness bred out of it, as the common hatchery birds mostly have.
     
  3. WinterChicks

    WinterChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well my banty hens are mixed with Old English Game, Silver Sebright + Some puffy cheek breed and maybe more [​IMG]
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I've had dozens of breeds over that past 50 years, and Silkies are the best brooders and mothers that I've ever seen. We had Black Silkies and they raised a number of broods for us.
     
  5. WinterChicks

    WinterChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay :)

    Do ya think one or two Silki bantams would do the job??
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    It depends on how many eggs you want incubated. You need to be sure that the Silkies are able to cover all the eggs underneath them, and since they are bantams, I would limit the number to about 8-10 eggs per hen (they will sit on larger numbers if you allow it but you will get a better hatch rate with less).
     
  7. WinterChicks

    WinterChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thanks! I may have to look into getting Silkie's...in the future lol


    I have my chickens, want to breed rabbits / getting rabbits and I think Peacocks are neat lol..I want a mini horse but I don't see my parents budging on that one [​IMG]
     

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