Lot's of questions - 2 to start

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Karahbell, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Karahbell

    Karahbell Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello
    I am newer than a newb... I just purchased my first flock back in May, some of them started to lay their eggs, however I can never catch or witness which one is laying, as soon as they hear the slider door they all get super excited and run towards me.
    lol

    So I will be expanding the chicken run next year and before doing so I know I have A LOT to learn. I figure this is the place since there are a lot of experienced chicken owners / farmers here at BYC.

    What I would like to do is buy some brooding hens that were actually hatched naturally, not in a incubator. All my hens and my rooster came from a local breeder and the chances of them going broody I hear is slim to none.

    So my first question would be, is it fine to have a broody hen with the rest of the flock, plus will the chicks be safe?
    Secondly, Can you recommend a breeder that raises hens this way, hatched naturally not in an incubator?

    A little info on my flock that might help you answer my questions...
    (not sure if I spelled all the breeds correctly)
    1 rooster he is a french copper marans (my avatar pic)
    1 french copper marans hen
    1 Easter egger hen
    1 Speckled Sussex hen
    1 Buff Orpington
    1 silkie hen
    1 white Cochin bantam hen
    1 Australop hen
    1 Turken hen

    They are all very docile except the white Cochin bantam sometimes will show aggression towards the others.

    Any help is much appreciated. thanks in advance!

    Karah
     
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  2. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    Being hatched in an incubator has nothing to do with a hen going broody.
    I have incubator hens and have several that go broody.

    As far as breeds go some are more likely to go broody than others:
    1) Buff Orpington
    2) Naked Neck
    3) Old English Game'
    4) Cochin
    5) less likely but have had a Leghorn or two to go broody.

    A lot has to do with the individual chicken.
     
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  3. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    your silkie and cochin should go broody for you, maybe even your buff orp
     
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  4. Karahbell

    Karahbell Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for responding to my post Dave.

    I am very confused and need to learn the right terminology, I guess. I thought broody meant when a hen lays an egg and then incubates it herself until it hatches...?

    But my original 2 questions are and hopefully you may know or someone else here...

    Is it fine to keep the hen in the run/coop with the rest of the flock once she starts to incubate her own eggs? Would the chicks be safe with the flock too?

    And does anyone have chickens for sale that are hatched this way .... with the mother hen. I'm looking to buy some in January.

    Thank you!!! :)
     
  5. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely the Marans will go broody. All of mine, except one, started going broody as a pullet.
     
  6. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    hope this helps
     
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  7. Karahbell

    Karahbell Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes it does help... thank you for your help! :)
     

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