we are looking for hens that will be broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by animallover1, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. animallover1

    animallover1 In the Brooder

    May 18, 2010
    me and my bf are lookin for some chickens that will be broody and hatch there babies... what is the best chicken for that???
    let me know please
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    There are no guarantees that any hen will go broody, but orpingtons have a high likelihood...
  3. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Songster

    Jun 19, 2009
    Holland, Massachusetts
    I have to say that I have heard Orpintons, as well. I have one right now that is going broody, second day. I'm not too sure about other breeds, so don't know what else to say.
  4. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    Silkies, Cochins, Orpingtons are very common broody hens.
  5. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    What they said! *points up* Plus Old English Games are awesome at it too, and whats more, very protective of the chicks when they do hatch. One thing though, you do NOT want ALL chickens of a breed that goes broody often. You want a few, like 3 or at the most I'd say 5 or 6. Don't forget, when they go broody, they aren't laying any eggs! Get several so you can let one at a time go broody, while the others lay eggs. You can slip any fertile eggs from any of the others under the one you let stay broody.

    Hatching eggs is pretty hard on them since they don't eat much or get any exercise while they're setting, so you want to sort of rotate allowing them to set on a nest of eggs. Just my opinion of course. I know this chart is stickied here, but to save trouble, I'll post the link again. Hopefully it will give you some ideas. http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

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