What would be the best breed to get JUST for broodieness?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by warmfuzzies, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    I know silkies and OEGB. I have cochins, and I love them. I have one momma that has went broody and now has nine chicks. My other two dont seem that interested.

    I also have partridge rocks, which i read were one of the most broody breeds. They also dont seem interested. I really like the standards for mommas, as they can cover more eggs. But will they ever be consistently broody, like I hear about the silkies?

    I would like something that can go from raising chicks, after 7 weeks or so, and go right back to sitting. Is it possible?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Brahmas?
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I don't know if there is one that will leave chicks and go right back to setting, but I have a standard OEG hen that had chicks in September, then again in December, and now has another brood going. She has been sitting for about 6 weeks now, since I put some 'oddball' eggs under her. Plus my little Nugget was donating an egg daily to her nest as well. [​IMG] She has 2 chicks now that are 2-3 days old, and 2 eggs under her. She doesn't seem interested in leaving the 2 eggs, so I'm planning on taking the babies and giving her some more eggs [​IMG] She doesn't look thin or weak, she is just determined. I guess 2 little banty babies just isn't enough for her!
    So if you are wanting a large breed bird that will set eggs year-round, get some OEG hens. There are different sizes, mine is about the same size as a RIR hen [​IMG]
     
  4. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My very best broodies have been light Brahmas, and standard dark Cornish. (NOT Cornish X) They go broody from spring through fall, and through this last winter I had 3 who kept trying to brood. I also have Australorps, they brood quite a bit, but not as much as the C.'s and the B's. I have a buff Orpington who's about 6 years old, never went broody once, and I had a bunch of other Orps and they didn't brood either. I think that might depend on the line you get.
     
  5. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    I forgot the OEG have a standard size. [​IMG] Thank you all for the great suggestions. I diddnt even know Brahmas were broody! I love them, too.
     
  6. 1Speckled Hen w/Chicks

    1Speckled Hen w/Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well=I have never seen more broody hens then that of Cochin Bantams.........
    I have two that have been sitting on invisible eggs forever it seems--
    They get up to eat, etc but then its strictly back to their invisible eggs....and I cant seem to break them--[​IMG]
     
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  7. sheps4her

    sheps4her Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an OEG hen that is always going broody! I also have a mix that does it too. She is broody now as we speak.
     
  8. Ryu

    Ryu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My standard Cornish are so broody I have to keep moving the hens to new pens every few weeks to keep them up and moving/laying. I really like the breed, but my hens are making me crazy.

    They are tenacious sitters, and mine have been very good mothers.
     
  9. Smokin Silkies

    Smokin Silkies formerly browneyebuttafly

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    I have read that silkies are more broody than others....thats what I have in my bator right now.
     
  10. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Silkies and Cochins - Standard Cochins can cover quite a few eggs.

    Steve in NC
     

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