Which breed is the "most broody"?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bassfishrman, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. bassfishrman

    bassfishrman Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2007
    I have 23 laying hens and only one ever wants to "set". Most of them are RIR's and will never set. I would like to have a large breed that will set. What should I get?

    I have 16 RIR
    2 Ameraucanas
    5 Black Stars
  2. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
  3. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    My buff orp was ALWAYS broody during spring and often during the summer
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    cochins, Silkies (silkies are kind of small though..) and buff orpingtons are good setters, But maybe you should look into a oriental game.. Great setters, and mothers (do research on them, Asil would probably be the best..) and are usually about 8 lbs i believe. or 9? if your going to take the chicks away though i say Buff orpingtons
  5. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 5, 2007
    Cochins. justed had one hatch out 7 eggs 3 weeks ago and have another thats been trying to sit for last month and half.
  6. kelliepulido

    kelliepulido Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    st.john's mi
    My banty cochins are almost all broody and have been for over 2wk.s.I let 2 mamas hatch eggs and they are doing a good job so far taking care of the babies.
  7. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    I agree with everyone else: Silkies, Buffs, and Cochins are the best. [​IMG]
    (Sweet! I never knew that Cochins were good brooders! [​IMG] That's good because we have one cochin chick and a roo [​IMG]
  8. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
  9. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    Any game breed. Silkies are okay I guess but not that great mothers because they can't see very well. Orpingtons are pretty good too, an orpington is our only broody hen (the only reason none of my game breeds are broody yet is because they're too young). And cochins would probably be the best overall of cochins, orpingtons, and silkies. But I still say that the game breeds are better.
  10. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2008
    Ellijay, GA
    My game hen goes broody at the drop of a hat.

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