Looking for a breed that goes broody often

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickie fam, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. chickie fam

    chickie fam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wanting to start getting some breeds that will go broody a couple times a year. Does anyone know what the best breed for that would be?
     
  2. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
    Here is a list I wrote up about percentages of broodiness:
    100% - Red Junglefowl
    95% - Boxwood
    90% - Most Barnyard fowl; Bow Lake fowl; Sebright; Phoenix; Landraces
    80-85% - Cochin; Pekin; Silkies
    75% - Dorking; Wyandotte; Chantecler
    70% - Sussex; Faverolle; Barnevelder
    60-65% - Plymouth Rock; RIR; NH; Buckeye; Brahma; Langshan; Marans; Welsummer
    Minus 50% - Mediteranean breeds

    Hope this is helpful!
     
  3. chickie fam

    chickie fam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are considered "most barnyard fowl"?
     
  4. lclough1998

    lclough1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 2 silkie hens with a roo and they have both been broody 4 times since I got them in April last year. They were 9 months old when I got them. I love my broody silkies, and when the hens stop mothering the roo steps in and sleeps with the babies and teaches them more. Its amazing!
     
  5. orientphoenix

    orientphoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    most heritage breeds, games and oriental breeds will be good mothers.
     
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  6. chickie fam

    chickie fam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've really been tossing around the idea of getting silkies but I've heard they don't tolerate heat well and our summer gets really hot. I don't know if its true or not
     
  7. missydcpc

    missydcpc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seabrights? Really? My breeder specifically told me they rarely go broody.
     
  8. chickie fam

    chickie fam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    missydcpc,
    I see that you're trying to get either GLW or SLW? I have both and I must say I love both of them. The SLW are very pretty with their contracting colors, they're one of my favorites
     
  9. missydcpc

    missydcpc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really need to change my signature. The local farm where I ordered the majority of my chicks (with the exception of the ameracaunas and ees, which I'm getting from sgtmom on here, and she's wonderful to deal with) decided that they didn't want to sell chicks, and reneged on my order. So I've been scrambling to order/find chicks. I have BLRW which were born Feb 15th that the breeder is holding until the buff Orps and Marans are born on the 6th. I have wellies and Delawares on order from Whitmore Farms. I've picked up barred rocks from the feed store. Picked up brown leghorns and red pullets at TSC. Going to pick up speckled Sussex at the feed store tomorrow. And of course there's my silver seabright trio.
     
  10. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
    Barnyard fowl are mutts, usually bantams, that are made up of other broody breeds.

    For several broods per year, you'd probably want 90-100%. Junglefowl have been known to do up to 3 clutches a year.

    There is another point that should be made, and missydcpc pointed it out to me: different strains can perform differently. Dorkings, OEGBs, Sebrights, Dutch, and Chanteclers have different strains, and some go and some don't. 100% is the ultimate (Wild junglefowl). You very rarely ever find non-broody specimens.
     

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