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What in your opinion is the best broddy hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crazychicken, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    NC
    i was going to try and hatch some chicks this spring and i have always wanted a good broody. so what breeds do you guys ( the experts ) think makes the best broody?
     
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    My BO is a great girl, fantastic mom - I have two hens, and one went broody and hatched out twice this summer - she's STILL taking care of the last lot (guinea's) and they're going on 8 or 9 weeks old. (the other BO went broody and hatched out one set of babies)
     
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  3. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    NC
    thanks so

    Buff Orpington 1 Vote.

    any other suggestions?
     
  4. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    My silkie is RELENTLESS! It is insane, she will sit on anything!
     
  5. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Yeah I've heard silkies are some of the best moms and brooders
     
  6. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    NC
    silkies are so cute but some people say that they are evil.

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    so thats

    Buff Orpington 1 vote

    Silkies 2 votes

    thanks in advance for any suggestions.
     
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  7. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Game hens are excellent broodies. They sit, hatch and defend it with their life once it hatches... I have one who hatches 3 broods a year. I've never had one try to starve or dehydrate themselves while broody either, their instincts are as in tact as you can get in a chicken.
     
  8. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    My OEGB bantys are great mothers. I can't let them gather more than 2 eggs together, or by the end of the day someone's decided to set. And she gets grumpy about it. They do make wonderful mothers, I just don't put more than 2-3 standard sized eggs under them because they are so small. [​IMG]
     
  9. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    NC
    well i would want to handle the babies some and i have a little brother do you think she will defend them against us?

    so thats

    Buff Orpington 1 vote

    Silkies 2 votes

    OEG hens 2 vote
     
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  10. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    Quote:I have heard that and I have also heard that the roosters (American Game specifically) are very protective fathers and will at times take on the role of mother.
     

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