How old do chickens get before going broody?

LaurenV

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After asking around, most people said that Silkies, New Hampshires, and Cochins are the best brooders. I might end up getting some chicks from a hatchery. But, I need to know how old the hens get before going broody? I know that it is strictly up to the hen, but a rough number with some of your past experiences would be great. Thanks
 

Illia

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A truly broody strain or breed can start just a week or two after they first begin laying
It really depends.


New Hampshires though aren't often known for going broody unless from heritage lines. (non-hatchery)


The reason Cochins and Silkies are said to be is because they're some of the few commonly found hatchery-source breeds that haven't had the trait bred out of them. Most common breeds can be VERY broody, moreso or equal to a Silkie, if you don't get them from hatchery originating stock
 

LaurenV

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Thankyou!
So in order to have a good broody Silkie, I should find one that isn't or wasn't in a hatchery?? Is that the same with Cochin or really any other breed?
 

sunny & the 5 egg layers

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I would go with a silkie if you are wanting a broody hen. They go broody so often some people even call them living incubators.
 

LaurenV

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Thank you! I will defiantly try and get a Silkie, that is, if my dad will allow another chicken
 

bikerchic

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Cochins are good too. I have both and the cochin covers a LOT more eggs
My cochin went broody fast too. She laid a few eggs and decided she needed to me a mama.
 

LaurenV

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Thankyou! I will also try and get a Cochin or more than one! Very helpful... Thanks again
 

bikerchic

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My cochins are beautiful birds and they came from Mcmurray. They are the first birds people comment on. I have red, white and black. They have great personalities and are HUGE!
 

Buschie's dozen

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Buff orpingtons from cackle hatchery 5 out of 5 went broody after 15 months:D but 2 out of 5 Cochins :/did so some hatchery stuff are not all bad;)....................
and yes silkies are very broody sometimes three clutches if temps and moods are right:D
 
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