Ideal broody hen

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Tsuga, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Tsuga

    Tsuga Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 17, 2009
    I have been raising chickens for years but this year I hatched a couple of chicks for the first time because a white leghorn, of all breeds, went determinedly broody and would not give up sitting on the eggs, even if there were none there. So I finally gave in and let her hatch a few, now I want to hatch my own. Rather than use a incubator I prefer to let a hen do it. Just feels more natural and I love seeing the mother and chicks doing there thing together

    My question is this, what breed do folks think makes an ideal broody hen? I think this broody white leghorn is a fluke. I hear that Buff Orfingtons make great broody hens, what do others think?

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2009
  2. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    Ceresco Nebraska
    I've heard Cochin make good foster brooders.
  3. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I use silkies...that leghorn is sure a surprise!
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2009
  4. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    We used our Buff Bramah Banty hen and she protected the nest when there was a coon scare last spring. The coon and her didn't meet face to face, but the flock was cackling and she had the knowledge that there was danger lurking. Her beautiful chicks hatched out fine, out of four eggs one didn't make it and another wasn't fertile. Her two adopted children are still alive and well today. [​IMG]

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