grannys gone and done it

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  1. campingshaws

    campingshaws True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    BIG DAY HERE.

    The guineas went back to their tractor! And they went on the loft!! AND they got back down!! :celebrate

    Eloise is broody again! So now I've got two sussex broodies! :celebrate

    I'm going to get some fertile eggs from the lady of the road. Leghorn and RIR mixes. Then I'll have early spring layers and I'll be a king among chicken keepers! :lau
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    That is excellent news :clap
    Sounds like the guineas are getting the hang of things :celebrate

    Two broodies!! I'm jealous, I'm having chick withdrawal symptoms over here :sick

    Good luck with them, leghorn mad RIR mixes sound good.
     
  3. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot

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    ,glad they come back. I want a broody hen so bad. I know this has been asked a million times but which breed have y'all noticed goes broody most often? Is it better to buy them from a breeder or tsc or does it make a difference?
     
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    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot

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    It's enough to drive you crazy!!!!![​IMG]
     
  5. campingshaws

    campingshaws True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I've heard that silkies are the best broodies. Cochins, too. And of course down here in the south people swear by game hens for broodies, because they're fearless.

    I had a French black copper marans that went broody twice, but wasn't very good either time. Then the raccoon got her. My speckled sussex Eloise was an excellent broody her first time, and I'm hoping she does that well again. The other sussex, either Evelyn or Edith (I can't tell then apart) is so protective of the nest now that no one can lay on it. She's bitten me more in two days than all others combined.

    I think that getting a heritage bird from a breeder might be your best shot. A lot of production and hatchery lines have bred out the broodiness. Of course there are always exceptions... This is the info I've gathered up.

    Did y'all know my chicken anniversary was last month?! One whole year! :weee
     
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  6. Wishing4Wings

    Wishing4Wings Isn't it Amazing? Premium Member

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    Hatchery birds are generally not broody, so if you really want one, I would go to a breeder. My pullet Orpingtons both went broody this year as have my Ameraucanas. None of my hatchery birds were broody and my Marans from a breeder did not either. If you like bantams, I can vouch for Silkies and Cochins as being good broodybators.
     
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    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot

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    Thanks camping and wishing. I'll have to find a breeder near Rockingham NC then. Sounds like my best bet.
     
  8. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    My one and only broody has been a bantam polish frizzle. Polish are not known for being broody and non of my others have shown any interest in being a mother at all. I hatched her from eggs I got from a breeder last year.

    Silkies are certainly at the top of the list for being broody.
     
  9. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot

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    I think the silliest is my best bet because of the heat here. Is there any other that may tolerate heat better then the silliest or would she be ok here? Summer here is usually in the 90s and once in a while around 100.
     
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    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    I think they adapt to all weathers. We had heat wave for a week here when mine was broody it was in the 90's which is hot for here and she was fine. I just made sure the coop she was in was well ventilated and she did fine. I'm not sure on other broody breeds that tolerate heat well.
     
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