having broody chickens

cbourbeau32

Chirping
5 Years
Sep 29, 2014
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I'm curious (I know there's no concrete answer to this) if a person has about 12 or so hens what are the chances that you will have 3 or 4 per year go broody? I know it may depend on the breed as to their "broodiness" but just generally speaking is what I'm asking.

Thanks, Charlie
 

FrizzledSilkie

In the Brooder
Mar 31, 2015
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Well, you kind of said it yourself: There is no concrete answer. It really depends on the breeds you have, and on the hens themselves. Some hens are just more motherly than others, or just simply more hormonal and determined to sit on eggs. With silkies or cochins the vast majority will go broody on you, but most Barred Rocks don't show any interest in their eggs, for instance.
 

tantor

Chirping
5 Years
Well, as an unscientific reply, I have 10 birds at the present, 1 rooster and 9 hens. I have 1 hen due to hatch in 5 days ,one in 8 days, 1 in about 12 days and 1 I keep throwing out of anothers nest or my last remaining nesting box. They are 2 Austrolorps, 1 that I think is a Columbian Wyandotte and 1 Mongrel white hen. So to answer your question, pretty good!
 

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