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whats the BEST broody hen and why??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fdnick, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

    Aug 22, 2007
    Spokane, Wa.
    This has probally been asked before [​IMG]
    I have always liked a wyandotte hen for hatching out eggs.. whats your BEST broody hen and why?
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Araucanas. (Real ones, not hatchery mutts)

    Why? Wow. . . Because of my 11 girls who began laying 1-2 months ago, I've got one broody, then two, then four, now FIVE broody pullets!! And get this - If they're not brooding on anything - They will NOT stop until something peeps and comes out from under them! [​IMG] Oh and forget about trying to break them of their broodiness. . . .

    Even my Ameraucanas and Marans cannot win the broody contest with my Araucanas. . .
  3. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2010
    Bloomingdale, MI
    My BO would try to hatch anything (she once tried hatching half of a corn cob). So from personal experience i would go with BO but many ppl say silkies and cochins are the best.
  4. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

    Aug 22, 2007
    Spokane, Wa.
    How funny.. never thought of them being the broody kind.. our wheatens love to go broody but our black coppers NEVER wanted to sit!!! maybe a day then they would get bored and wander off!!! LOL
  5. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have heard Black Australorps make good broody Mums, but my girls are too young for me to speak from experience.
    Why good broodies make good ones seems to be genetic.

    Brightest Blessings!
  6. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

    Aug 22, 2007
    Spokane, Wa.
    Quote:[​IMG] thats too funny!!!!
  7. BWchicken

    BWchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    I would say bantams! I have bantam hens and not a day went by this spring/summer when at least one of them wasn't broody. Seriously. The bantam EEs were definitely the broodiest, followed by the bantam wyandottes, and even my silver sebright. Only my bantam barred rock and bantam buff brahmas didn't go broody. I don't know what it is about bantams, but they are broody broody broody!
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    For me, right now, it's my pure Ameraucana girl. Why? Well, because so far she's the ONLY one to go broody! [​IMG]
  9. BuffaloWings

    BuffaloWings Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2010
    Favorite Broody Bantam = Silkies
    Favorite Broody Large Fowl = Orpingtons

    Forgot the "Why" part. Both are extremely calm, docile, friendly (even while setting) and unlikely to trample eggs. Both are extremely motivated setters. Sometimes I think they would try to hatch rocks if you would let them. After the hatch they are both good mothers.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010

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