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Most Broody Breeds

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by caj1985, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to improve my chances of having broody hens by diversifying my flock. I currently have NJG, SLW, EE, BR. What should I add to make sure I have broody hens for next year?

    I have already added some Hamburgs this year which I am sure will not improve my chances. I can get silkies, Houdans, Sumatras, Faverolles, and Araucanas (not Americauanas) locally. Which of these will fit in with my current flock and make good mamas'? By the way, I also need breeds that will survive the Arkansas heat and humidity.
     
  2. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. BunsNChicks

    BunsNChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies are good sitters but not sure how they will fair in heat and humidity. I have a Buff Orpington sitting on eggs right now. Cochins are also good about sitting.
     
  4. SkyeSchazade

    SkyeSchazade Out Of The Brooder

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    My Orpington is the only one of my girls to go broody so far, and from what I hear it's something they are known for. Hope this helps!
     
  5. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Sounds like I may need to consider a Buff Orpington.
     
  6. silkielover1731

    silkielover1731 Chillin' With My Peeps

    my cochin has never sat and my buffs never did either only my silkies
     
  7. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many standard fowl eggs can a silkie hatch? 3 or 4? Is there any other breed that is broody as silkies? I've never had any.
     
  8. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Get a silky roo to cover your SLW- I have two Silky-GLW crosses that are always broody... she is large enough to cover about 8-12 eggs the pure silkies are smaller.
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2012
  9. RaeRae2

    RaeRae2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    That is a pretty good chart detailing which breeds are non-setters, ocassionally broody, frequently broody, and so forth.

    Brahmas, Orpingtons, Cochins, Marans, New Hampshire Reds....looks like there are some good options for getting some broody hens!
     
  10. caj1985

    caj1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Fire and Rae. The silky cross sounds like a good idea. That link is great. I will have to save it to refer to whenever I am researching a breed.
     

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