What breed of broody hen should I use to raise some chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Gman7329, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Gman7329

    Gman7329 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys! Im a newbie and am willing to start my flock in the near future. I have planned on getting a male White Silkie chick and a few female Silkies, EEs, OEGBs, AGBs, and some Cochin chicks. Slowly, I will introduce two more roos, a Gold Laced Phoenix and a Black Frizzle Cochin. And a whole plethora of hens, guaranteed I have enough space in my coop and field as they will be free rangers. But I need a broody hen to raise the first batch. Any breeds in mind?
     
  2. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    The best mothers are the silkie and the bantam cochin. Many people have said otherwise about the bantam cochin, but we've had great success with them. They are great mothers and they hatch plenty of eggs every year.

    HS Pye
     
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  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    The breeds that you are planning on getting are very famous as broodies.

    You are as close to guaranteed to getting a broody as is possible.
     
  4. happybooker1

    happybooker1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whichever one of your chicks turns out to be a female and 'goes broody' first -- he-he.

    My broodiest hens were a Silkie and a Serama I had that wanted to CONSTANTLY sit.
     
  5. Gman7329

    Gman7329 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! :D I guess i'll just get a Silkie and see how it goes! :yuckyuck
     
  6. Cloudseeker

    Cloudseeker Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 9 month old hatchery Buff Orpington who is the best hen at raising chicks in my flock. While she isn't good at setting on eggs, once the chicks hatch she is an awesome mom.... and still gives me one egg a day - even without heat or light!
     
  7. Gman7329

    Gman7329 Out Of The Brooder

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    Amazing!
     

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