Most broody breeds?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fowlwoman1, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Songster

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    I've been having awful luck with incubating, but I was thinking that maybe I could get a flock of little broody breeds. I know about silkies, but would they be the most "efficient" broody hens? Which breed would eat the least? and be the most broody?
     
  2. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

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    Game breeds are excellent and the Naked Necks are excellent broodies too.
     
  3. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

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    I have a designer pullet who is broody and setting on 10 eggs - not sure all will hatch as I tried to break her the first 2 nights and the next morning back to the nest where her eggs were she would go. I added 5 eggs for her to set on and she is just as happy as she can be on her nest in the bathtub. She is a brahma cross. The fun part will be that I have a mixed flock and so I don't know what colors the babies will be.

    18 days and counting! [​IMG]
     
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

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    Silkies are good i hear, Buff orpingtons are Broody machines i hear,, Any Game hens (American game. Old english game. etc).. Are broody machines AND great mothers.
     
  5. pkeeler

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    Cochins are great brooders and have the extra bonus of being very large and fluffy (can fit more eggs underneath).
     

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