Hey all. I've got 11 production strain RIR pullets, and would like them to rear at least a few clutches this year. I know the broodiness has been bred out of most of the production strain birds. with 11, can I expect at least a couple to go broody this spring and summer, or should I find an adult hen from a broodier breed? As it is, at the first sign of broodiness I will let it happen give her plenty of eggs. I'm just trying to come to grips with how often I'm likely to get a broody. I don't need every egg hatched, by any means, but a clutch in early spring, another late spring, and again in summer would be ideal. I like the idea of a self sustaining flock without having to mix in additional breeds, or put too much work into it. The 11 I have should provide way more than enough eggs, and probably enough to pay for feed, possible enough to fund a new coop or covered section of run. If I do need a broody hen of a different breed, what would you guys suggest? I have been thinking of adding a few birds of another breed, preferably one geared more toward meat, or at least one that would compliment the RIRs in some way or another. I've read that Marans add size to most breeds, but not necessarily faster growth. How are they about broodiness? My adult rooster does appear to be a Marans cross, probably black tail buff. If they have a suitable broodiness, that would be great since I want to stick to just a couple of breeds. The other part of the question is if I get a hen from a very broody breed, will I be fighting a hen that wants to be broody constantly? If you guys need more info, or if I am not making much sense, feel free to let me know.