Looking for a broody hen... which breeds?

milleryardchx

Songster
11 Years
May 25, 2008
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12
153
Washington State
I'm starting to raise a few of my chickens for breeding i would rather have a broody hen sit on eggs rather than using an incubator what is a good breed for being more broody than others? None of my hens have been broody in the last 2 years.
 

Puddle Foot Farm

Songster
11 Years
Aug 20, 2008
638
2
139
Maryland
My silkie is less than a year old and already hatched out seven chicks from seven eggs. I think it took her about.. 8 months to go broody? She'd only been laying for about two. She's dumb as a doornail, but apparently found her calling in life.
 

milleryardchx

Songster
11 Years
May 25, 2008
693
12
153
Washington State
I have leghorns, Australorps, Golden Sex Links, Buff Orpington, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Red and Buff Barhma none have ever gone broody! and i'm hatching black copper eggs right now and when they start laying in 6 or 7 months I want a broody hen for their eggs.
 

ChickenCharmer

Songster
10 Years
May 2, 2009
1,279
18
171
The Redwoods of California
Heck, mine go broody all the time! Here are my best:

Black Sumatra
Red Shouldered Yokohama
OEGB (they are great mamas but are so small they can only handle a few chicks at most
Sebrite-same as OEG
Japanese Bantam- same as OEG
Silkie
Australorp
Minorca (my minorca is the broodiest ever, but this breed is generaly not broody)

And game birds are also excellent broodies!
 

Debbienmousey

Songster
10 Years
May 26, 2009
519
2
129
Washington, Georgia, USA
So far our most broody hatchery breeds are R.I.R.s. Last year we had 2 R.I.R.s go broody and hatch chicks. This year we've already got 1 R.I.R. mommy. (She hatched keets
)

Aside from that I hear game breeds and Silkies are the best broodies. I hear that Cochins and Buff Orpingtons are also good broodies, although my friends which own purebred Buffs don't have good luck with them going broody.
 

LilRalphieRoosmama

Officially Quacked
12 Years
Oct 15, 2007
3,406
19
221
Elyria, OH
Wow - must really depend on the bird. We also have RIR's, BR's and red & black sex links and not one has ever gone broody and they're almost 2 years old.

Out of my 8 BO hens, two are MAJORLY broody (to the point where I can't move them or they snarl and bite) and two others who set until I kick them off their eggs daily. The other 4 BO's aren't interested.

Very interesting topic.
 

Kev

Crowing
12 Years
Jan 13, 2008
6,517
707
361
Sun City, California
Marans often are said to be very broody birds in their second year. So far seems to be bear out with the ones I have. One really young pullet(not even 8 months old yet) went broody this year though.. she's taking care of chicks right now already.
 

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