What breeds of chickens are most likely to be broody?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by summerb76, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. summerb76

    summerb76 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Lake Como, Florida
    I have 3 EE's, 3 brown leghorns, 5 barred rocks, 3 black sex-links, 2 NHreds, 1 RIred, and 2 red sex-links...Which of these breeds will most likely go broody? Also I only have 1 rooster and he is a EE. Should I keep him away from everyone except the EE's?
  2. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    The barred rocks or new hamp. reds I would guess would be most likely to go broody. If you don't mind having mixed breed chickens it's ok to keep the roo with all of them.
  3. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008
    Barred Rocks and RIR were my best broodies. My best being the RIRs.
  4. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I would say the barred rocks. This year for me,my cuckoo marans and white leghorns were the best.
  5. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
  6. MNKris

    MNKris Songster

    Nov 1, 2007
    I would say the Easter Eggers. I have yet to see one of my NH, RIR, Rocks or Sexlinks go broody. Leghorns aren't supposed to either. You don't have a real good list of breeds for broodiness. If you want to have setters, get yourself a standard cochin. Now those are broodies!

    It doesn't matter if you keep the rooster in with the hens unless you don't want chicks, which to be honest, you aren't likely to get anyway because those breeds won't set. You will probably have to incubate for chicks. The hens will dilute the blue color so you could get some brown or olive color layers from the next generation out of the crosses from the brown layers. The white layer will produce white or lighter blue layers.

    If the rooster is "bothering" the hens and you don't want chicks, I would remove him. Sometimes egg production can go down if the rooster is too aggressive with the hens.
  7. My friend has an Ameracauna who has gone broody 4 times this year!!!! [​IMG]
  8. Cason

    Cason Songster

    I've ordered some banties to do some of the work!

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