Need help selecting chickens...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Mattlime, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. Mattlime

    Mattlime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am trying to start a new flock and I was wanting people out there to tell me what species is best at sitting on eggs. I want to have a variety of them all. I hope you will give me your thoughts on who is the best out there.
     
  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies and Cochins are the most broody and therefore best at sitting but not good layers so you may want to mix it some laying hens as well. I have a bantum bearded silkie who has not started laying yet but they are notoriously the broodiest. I also have a bantum frizzled cochin and she is broody almost ever other month it seems recently.
     
  3. Mattlime

    Mattlime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I had a silkie once she hatched three random eggs. I also love frizzled cochins...I had one but it died at six months old...he was pecked to death by a blue jay. I really do not want to use an incubator because odds are better when it is natural.
     
  4. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never hatched any eggs because I am limited to a very few chickens in my area so I don't know anything about that.

    My frizzled cochin is hilarious and has a lot of personality. I like her a lot. :)
     
  5. Mattlime

    Mattlime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live out in the boonies of North Carolina so I can have as many as I want...I limit myself to about 50 or 60...plus I am getting quail and peacocks as well so I will have a zoo yet again. I am a veterinary student so I am all about animals
     
  6. Wishing4Wings

    Wishing4Wings Isn't it Amazing?

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    I have hatchery pullets, and the black Australorp was the only one to go broody. No rooster here, so she mostly just sat on imaginary eggs for a few weeks. I frequently see BAs that are foster moms to folks who buy hatching eggs for them to raise.
     
  7. Mattlime

    Mattlime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay I will have to look at them...I had a Black Australorp she was mean as all get out I do not think I really want one, but I did not raise her a friend did so that might have been the problem...my parents want good egg producers, but I want some to hatch chicks so that the flock will grow and I have a biiger selection of chickens...
     

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