What breeds make the best broody hens?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by WestVermont, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. WestVermont

    WestVermont In the Brooder

    Dec 27, 2012
    Bennington, Vermont
    I would like to skip the incubator and use broody hens... what breeds are best for this?

  2. 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.
  3. moncktj

    moncktj In the Brooder

    Nov 23, 2012
    yeh they live to brood and raise chicks no matter what breed
  4. hokankai

    hokankai Songster

    May 18, 2010
    SW WA
    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.
  5. Moochie

    Moochie Songster

    Nov 8, 2010
    North Edwards
    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.
  6. Sweetly Silkies

    Sweetly Silkies Chirping

    Dec 10, 2012
    My Coop
    silkies are raised to brood. [​IMG]
  7. Fraser35

    Fraser35 In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2018
    I fined that my americauna hens are my broodiest.

  8. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    My silkies were born to be mothers. They teamed up and shared the job. One's back clucky at the moment, she's in on the eggs every day (no dad in the flock, it isn't going to happen :()
    I'd agree from my limited experience that silkies are a good bet to get a clucky one/two. My other hen Flossie was also a good mum, she's a cross-breed though so that isn't helpful to you.

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