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No Broodies?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NotReallyTyler, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. NotReallyTyler

    NotReallyTyler Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have four Rhode Island Reds and it's winter now of course, but even in the summer my hens would not sit on their eggs. Granted, they are all going to be a year old at Easter, and I had no rooster in the summer. Will they begin sitting in the spring since they'll be older and have a man or are my ladies just not broody?
     
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Well it's hard to say. A hen will go broody, pretty much when they feel the urge. They say spring and early fall is a good time, but I have an Ameraucana broody right now! RIR's can occasionally go on maternity leave, but it's not widely renowned for them to do so. If you really want a better chance of getting a broody hen, consider purchasing a few Orpingtons, Cochins, or maybe a few bantams (like silkies). To encourage your girls to set, put some "dummy" eggs in a nesting box and see what happens.[​IMG]
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    They may or may not. Hatchery or production RIR are not that broody since hatcheries have tried to breed it out of them, because they don't lay eggs when broody. Heritage types are more likely to. Broodys don't care whether or not there is a rooster around, so having a roo shouldn't really help make them go broody. You may get lucky and have some go broody, but I wouldn't count on it like I would a silkie, if you are really looking to hatch eggs next year.
     
  4. NotReallyTyler

    NotReallyTyler Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been DYING to get a silkie or two. All the more excuse to fulfill my wishes. Thanks guys.
     
  5. handyman42

    handyman42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Buff Orpingtons and they haven't gone broody yet but then again I haven't really given them a chance. Maybe next spring I'll give one a shot at it. Good Luck.

    P.S. I've heard Silkies will sit on a golf ball so They would definitely be a good choice.
     
  6. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rhode Island Reds have been bred to lay eggs so they rarely go broody.

    You should get a couple hens of broody breeds, like Cochin, Brahma, Orpington, Java, etc.
     
  7. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    Like Bullitt said they are bred to lay so they probably won't go broody. I would get some Silkies or Cochins.
     

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