what are the best brody hens

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  1. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have two rir's, and an australorp, and another hen, she is black and has red-orange feathers on heaad and neck i got the last two at our local trade days over fall, i was wondering if i have any good broody hens
     
  2. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rir's never went boody. My Ameraucana's and Copper Maran go broody all the time.
     
  3. luvanimals2

    luvanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My RIR's never went broody either. My Silkies and Buff Orpington's all seemed to want to be mommies.

    Nancy
     
  4. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buff Orpingtons go broody all the time!
     
  5. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you for replying to me i heard australorps were kinda good though aren't they
     
  6. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are a great laying bird, nice personality. None of mine ever went broody though.
     
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    No common hatchery breeds, or any hatchery breeds for that matter, are very broody if at all. (Except Cochins and Silkies)

    True Araucanas, Ameraucanas, Marans, American Gamefowl, Oriental Gamefowl, Wyandottes, Cochins, Silkies, etc are all broody, granted that they are not of hatchery/poor quality. Hatcheries breed out broodiness to keep the egg production going.

    My Araucanas for example will go broody just weeks after they begin laying, then when they're done with that batch, they'll get right back to setting some more eggs if allowed. And after that - They're at it again! [​IMG] They even take in "foster chicks."

    American Gamefowl are also exceedingly broody and very good, protective moms.
     
  8. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had an ameraucana, she got killed, maybe i will look into getting some chicks come this spring, or go to the local trade days and try to get some grown hens
     
  9. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:Word of advice - Most "Ameraucanas" out there are actually Easter Eggers (mutts) which in fact are anything but broody. [​IMG] To get real Ameraucanas you're gonna need to know the difference, then find a breeder who knows the difference between the two.

    Out of the countless EE's I've seen people own and of all the ones I've owned, I've only once seen someone with a broody one.
     
  10. quintinp

    quintinp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my friend got some pulllets they are auracanas or ameraucanas, and he has eight of them i think, they are outside of his chicken pen, and they eat grass and seed, he keeps them separate from his other chickens they are grown now and he had an rir with them, but he got killed, but when he still had the rooster, it fertilized and one of his hens went broody, and he got two chicks, he has no rooster anymore, and the chickens are still outside of the pen, they sleep in the trees, but he got them as chicks at our feed store, you may have heard of it it is called orchelns
     

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