What Is the best breed to go Broody

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tennessee_chicken_lover, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. tennessee_chicken_lover

    tennessee_chicken_lover Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2007
    East Tennesse
    So Which hens are the best to go Broody?
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    From what I hear....the Buff Orpington goes broody alot. I just this spring got my little ones. They are 2 weeks old. Supposed to be great layers...heavy breed, and good in the cold. Im just not sure how they will do in this Indiana heat!
  3. Llysse

    Llysse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2007
    Silkies are also good broodies.
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    My buff orpington are excellent broodies. Also silkies. And the true araucana are very stubborn broodies.

  5. pegbo

    pegbo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    My little silver-spangled hamburg has decided she wants to sit on all the eggs! But my barred Rocks, Buff Orps. and silver-laced wyandotte have all sat on the eggs so I'm not sure if it's breed or just depends on the chicken![​IMG]
  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    My bantam cochin is super broody. She's currently sitting on a golf ball! [​IMG]
  7. TheBrilliantHen

    TheBrilliantHen Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 11, 2007
    Silkies and cochins were both bred to be good setters and moms.

    My silkie will start to sit on any two eggs that accumulate, and has even gone broody with no eggs to sit on at all.

    ETA: And to add to what hinkjc said, I have a few EEs, and the most Ameraucana-type one goes broody a lot, and is really tough to break out of it when she goes.

    With the silkie, removing her from the nest persistently through the day will break her of it most of the time. When that one EE goes broody, it takes a cup of ice cubes under her a couple times a day to do it.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2007
  8. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Quote:Your Silkie sounds like my Cochin! She takes everybodys eggs.
  9. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2007
    Bantam cochins, silkies, japanese, and belgian d'uccles are all great sitting hens. I have had my best luck with japanese hens and japanese/cochin crosses.

    Here are a few pictures of my broodies...

    BTW japanese left, bantam cochin/japanese mix right

    belgian bearded d'uccle (mille fleur)

    mille fleur left, cochin/japanese right

    My hens seem to prefer nesting together as you can see from above.
  10. tennessee_chicken_lover

    tennessee_chicken_lover Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2007
    East Tennesse
    Quote:How big are the Buff Orpington's and do they Lay Brown Eggs.

    Thanks Dustin

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