Looking surrogate brooder hens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by RBOutdoors, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. RBOutdoors

    RBOutdoors Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking for some surrogate brooder hens for a free range flock. What breed or lines would you recommend? Would like a broody line of EE's or something with a distinct eggs if possible.
     
  2. RBOutdoors

    RBOutdoors Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I chose to get done dark Cornish, buff Orpingtons and light brahma hens to do my brooding. We will see which does better.
     
  3. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
    Here is the list I I have 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; Cornish; Greyleg; Orpington
    70% - Sussex; Faverolle; Barnevelder;
    60-65% - Plymouth Rock; RIR; NH; Buckeye; Brahma; Langshan; Marans; Welsummer
    Minus 50% - Mediteranean breeds; Belgian breeds; German breeds;

    You'd want 75% + for good results.

    The percentages listed are the percentage of hens of that breed that go broody.

    Hope this is helpful!
     

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