How old do chickens get before going broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LaurenV, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. LaurenV

    LaurenV Chillin' With My Peeps

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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
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    A truly broody strain or breed can start just a week or two after they first begin laying [​IMG] 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 [​IMG]
     
  3. LaurenV

    LaurenV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thankyou![​IMG] 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?
     
  4. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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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. [​IMG]
     
  5. LaurenV

    LaurenV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I will defiantly try and get a Silkie, that is, if my dad will allow another chicken [​IMG]
     
  6. bikerchic

    bikerchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    LaurenV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thankyou! I will also try and get a Cochin or more than one! Very helpful... Thanks again [​IMG]
     
  8. bikerchic

    bikerchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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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!
     
  9. Buschie's dozen

    Buschie's dozen Out Of The Brooder

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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;)....................[​IMG] and yes silkies are very broody sometimes three clutches if temps and moods are right:D
     
  10. LaurenV

    LaurenV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a type of Cochin or Silkie that is better than another??
     

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