what breed makes the best broody hen?

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  1. five is my dog

    five is my dog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that silkies, cochins, and buff orpingtons make very good broodys but is there another one? I was hoping to get a broody hen for the spring of next year.
     
  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    Any hen can go broody, mixes too. You can usually go out to any farm and get a $5 broody hen that doesn't lay eggs like that *snaps*.

    Other good ones to look at are: Old English Game Bantams, Japanese Bantams, Rosecomb Bantams etc.
     
  3. five is my dog

    five is my dog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you!!
     
  4. hcsarg

    hcsarg Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a BR that just came off the nest. SHE was on for 5 weeks and hatched 12 chicks, but only 6 survived. It was our first experience with a hatch. 2 of the chicks died from literally being pinned under other eggs in the clutch, one appeared to have been under develop, and the other 3 died within 48 hours of the hatch. The 6 survivors are in the brooder doing fine.
    I was happy that she stayed on long enough to get my flock replenished but disappointed with losing half the hatch.
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  5. five is my dog

    five is my dog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awww that's so sad [​IMG]
     
  6. CarolinaHen

    CarolinaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkie mixes are fantastic broodies. I have one that is worth her weight in gold.
     
  7. five is my dog

    five is my dog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cool that's what i'm getting !!!!! will she be on the nest like every morning? not that that would be bad [​IMG]
     
  8. CarolinaHen

    CarolinaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are Silkie/Americana crosses. Agnes lays 6 days a week when she is not broody, and steals every egg she can get when she is broody. She is a fantastic girl :)
     
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  10. peggyparker

    peggyparker New Egg

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    This is a slightly different question: I want a sustainable flock of 6-8 layers. My hens are all fine layers, Bantam and B.Orpinton mixes. I selected a newly hatched American Leghorn ROOSTER to join my flock after my own rooster died a few months ago.
    Now I'm told that American Leghorns have had the "broody" gene bred out of them. Anyone heard this or can confirm otherwise? I was advised to get a cross, a Buff Orpinton or Banty rooster for sustainable flock replenishment for layers. I just want the eggs. Thank you!
     

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