Which of the smallest Bantam breeds are good broodys?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Quirky Quail, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Quirky Quail

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    I need a very small bantam hen for a broody project but I'm not sure what breed to pick.
    A Pekin might be OK but could be too clumsy. Are Seramas good at sitting tight? Or Japanese, sablepoot, seabright, booted, rose-combed, Dutch, Belgian etc. Any insight will be of great help :)
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    Pekins, or here in America bantam cochins are great broodies. Most bantams are. The smaller ones can't cover very many eggs. Silkies are notorious for being great broodies and mothers. Otherwise being a good mom is an individual thing with hens no matter their size. Some are great and some haven't a clue what to do when the eggs hatch and they will attack the chicks.
     
  3. Quirky Quail

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    Awesome :) I've always wanted a Silkie so I might give that a go. Thanks for the advice!
     
  4. Quirky Quail

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    Also, what bantam eggs are closest in size to coturnix quail eggs? It's part of my project :)
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

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    D'uccle are the smallest I have seen personally. I'm sure any of the smaller bantams have smaller eggs.
     
  6. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    My Sebright brooded eggs successfully, and the eggs are tiny.
     
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  7. Quirky Quail

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    ok I'll look into it. Thanks for your help :)
     
  8. Quirky Quail

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    that sounds promising! what I might do is get a silkie and a seabright so I can incubate eggs of different sizes :)
     
  9. Pekins4life!!

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    We have Pekin Bantams and we have used 5 different hens altogether for hatching chicks. Personally, we found they were amazing broody hens that took really good care of the eggs and great mothers with the chicks. I would definitely recommend them
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hello, I have a Silkie cross. Crazy Alice is my best Broody Momma. She loves Chicks. She successfully raises my Large Brahma/ Orpington cross Chicks. She can hatch out 7 in a clutch..
     
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