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what are my chances of having one go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dento, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. dento

    dento Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 8 Barrred rock hens and 10 red sex link hens. i also have a roo of each breed. what are the chances that one of the girls will turn broody?
     
  2. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Barred Rocks are not known for being broody, even less so are Sex Links, but I have seen a broody Sex Link before. Just once.
     
  4. Kaceyx73

    Kaceyx73 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey that's my question!!! lol

    Mine are RIR, not BR, though. I read that mine are supposed to be great mothers, if they will go broody. Big if, no one says to expect though. Good luck!!
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Heritage bred Rhode Island Reds can indeed make good moms, but hatchery/production Reds are as good as any other common hatchery breed like Barred Rocks and the sort. [​IMG] They're bred for egg production, which means culling out and sacrificing any broody tendencies.
     
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  6. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

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    Red sex links are mixes ( with the breed, Either a Rhode Island Red or a New Hampshire may be used.) RIR are infrequent brooder;
    can be dutiful mother.

    And NH, are good, or occasional to frequent, brooder; good mother

    So thats the blood line

    If it they came from a factory, They most likely have the broody ness bred right out of them.




    Sources, http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
     
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  7. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hatchery RIR and EE's I started with 3 years ago. The second year one of the RIR, much to my surprise, went broody and was a great momma to 4 if I remember correctly. Then this past spring, again in May same as last year, she did it again. AND in August her sister went broody. Every one said its so rare for hatchery RIR to have the instinct but Im glad mine do. You never know. I do think they got the urge partly because of the amount of eggs in the box because everyone uses the same box to lay.
     
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    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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