Please recommend a breed that makes excellent mothers!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Cowgirl71, May 27, 2011.

  1. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm really into self-sufficient type stuff, and I'd really like to find a way for the hens to hatch and raise their own chicks with little-to know interference from me. That way, among other things, I'm not reliant on an electric brooder light. My main concern is predators during the day time, such as our barn cats. I lock all the chickens up in predator-proof coops every night, but during the day the chickens free range all over.

    What breed of chicken (standard or bantam) would you all recommend that goes broody frequently and makes excellent protective mommas? Or will most hens protect their babies from predators? Or is asking a hen to protect her babies from cats and other predators asking too much? Please share your opinions! [​IMG]
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I would suggest Silkie chickens...
     
  3. MarinMama

    MarinMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    +1 silkies
     
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    encorepistol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Game hens!!! They will protect their chicks like no other!
     
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    card5640 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Black Copper Marans, my go broody 4-5 xs a year excellent mothers.
     
  6. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for all the replies so far! [​IMG] Please keep the suggestions coming!

    (just a reminder that I'm looking for a breed that is frequently broody and fiercely protective mothers, just to be clear [​IMG])

    Encorepistol - Are you referring to all game chickens, or do you have a specific kind in mind? I know of three... Standard Old English Game, Old English Game Bantam (which I was shocked to find out are not at all related to the standard OEG), and American Game.
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Broody-Hens-1.html

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    down the first page it talks about this.

    Many dual purpose breeds (meat/eggs) have some tendency to go broody. Henderson's tells how likely most any breed is to go broody.

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

    My personal favorite is Kraeinkoppes because they were very friendly chickens (to people and other chickens) and freely shared setting and mothering duties among themselves. At present I have a Black Australorp and a coupe of Easter Eggers who are broody or mothering. (Well, EE is not a breed, but that's another story.) I don't really care for Silkies, and games have their own personality characteristics, particularly the males.

    Hatcheries have been trying to breed this trait out for some time, because a broody does not lay eggs, so it's erratic whether you will get a broody or not.
     
  8. Coopa Cabana

    Coopa Cabana My Coop Runneth Over . . .

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    Cochins!
     
  9. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Key west chickens are awesome mothers and setters definitely fierce when it comes to thier babies I can't keep them from going broody one after another this year.
     
  10. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So far at my house it is the silkies, and the orpington mixes?
     

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