What is the best breed for brooding

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickenfrenzy1107, May 26, 2019.

  1. Chickenfrenzy1107

    Chickenfrenzy1107 Hatching

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    I have a production red hen, brown leghorns hen, barred rock hen, Americana hen, blue egg layer, buff orffingtion highbred hen... I would like to hatch eggs with a Brody hen but I dont know how to and which breed is best for brooding... My other question is how to get a chicken to go Brody


    Thanks for ypur help
     
  2. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Crowing

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    You do not make a chicken become broody. It either happens or it does not. There is really nothing you can do to force a hen to be broody.
     
  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    It seems when you don't want a broody, you get one :rolleyes: I raise for eggs; Pet with Benefits"; was given 5 Blue Wyandottes, 3 kept going broody on me. Gave them back & they wouldn't break. I had 4 BOs, one that I had to break :hmm

    Like wamtazlady said, you can't make a broody, they either are or not. Silkies are supposedly "broody" girls, yes some breeds more than others but still it's all depends on the hen. If you really want one, maybe advertise for one ;)
     
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  4. Chickenfrenzy1107

    Chickenfrenzy1107 Hatching

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    Thank you for your help but do you have any advise to help one go Brody?
     
  5. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Crowing

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    Cross your fingers. When you want a broody you seldom get one. I've had 3 go broody out of six this spring and I do not want a broody as they don't lay eggs.

    There is nothing you can feed them to make them broody. Putting a dozen fake eggs in a nest will not make them go broody. It is a hormonal thing.
     
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Some silkies go broody often, Cochins are another broody breed. Hatchery birds generally have that "bred out" of them
     
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  7. Perris

    Perris Crowing

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    hello @Chickenfrenzy1107 ! welcome to BYC :frow
    as others have said, it's really not something in our power to decide or control. Are any of yours heritage breeds (so it hasn't been bred out of them)?
     
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  8. Santa Claus

    Santa Claus Chirping

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    Start with a heritage breed and make sure you have a good rooster. The spring is the strongest signal to the hen and when she is after the first molt. Make sure you are giving them complete nutrition and not stressed with parasite load. Then you wait. The biology cannot be rushed.
     
  9. Chickenfrenzy1107

    Chickenfrenzy1107 Hatching

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    I bought a 3 year old silkie and I know that they go broody so thank you for your help
     
  10. paxfarms

    paxfarms Chirping

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    Broodiness is triggered by hormones. There's nothing you can do to make one go broody. It just happens.
     
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