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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by WestVermont, Jan 3, 2013.
I would like to skip the incubator and use broody hens... what breeds are best for this?
Silkies world wide known are the best broody hens no matter if they are first time mothers they would actually be good layers if they didn't good broody so often, also cochins most bantams and Pekins are also great broody's.
yeh they live to brood and raise chicks no matter what breed
My best broody hen was a Buff Orpington. I like the larger breeds because they cover more eggs and can keep more chicks warm. I have a Golden Laced Wyandotte who also just hatched and raised 6 chicks for me and even with a staggered hatch (2 are 3 days older) she didn't lose any of them.
My silkies are actually having nothing to do with broodiness...but that's just mine. It really depends on the individual bird. You really just have to let them have a go and see how they do.
My silkies are my most frequent brooders. I have 4 right now sharing a nest box.. Anything silkie mixed would be good too. They're not ideal for larger eggs though, but I guess if you have 4 like me brooding together you put larger eggs in. Like 2 for each hen, so that makes 8 large fowl.
Cochins are broody often too, mine are not good mothers though. Horrible mothers but good at sitting on them... My old english game bantam hens go broody, never had them hatch so I don't know about mothering.
silkies are raised to brood.