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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by offshorewife, Jun 13, 2008.
Are barred rocks one of the breeds that will brood?
Not sure about anyone else's, but ours do not.
I couldn't find anything in a google search about the subject. That's okay though we have some Buff Orpingtons that definitely will.
I just got BO's on Monday because I wanted broody hens!
Oh - and
*some* will depending on the strain, but if they are hatchery birds they probably won't
Buff Orps definitely will, but they sure do eat alot
Quote:I have a BR hen that does.... this time so far she is broody for the past week.... she hasn't left the box!!! I kick her out and she runs right back in! Everyday I boot her tush off, take the eggs. She gets upset squacks at me, but don't put up a fight (she is very docile) she goes right back in the nest to sit some more!!! Startin to build a plan to get her out of this..... I just wish I had some eggs to sit under her right now!!!
We've had a BR hen brood last year (and she was a hatchery hen), but once the chicks were a couple of days old she just left them. Thankfully we had another mama that shared a nest with her! We now have some BR hens that were raised by a mama hen and they have a strong broodiness and great mama skills! Our best brooders are Silkies, Light Brahmas, and Buff Orpingtons. Any hens that were raised by mamas are much better at being real chickens!!
I just love the buffs. We had a small flock 2 years ago and they were my favorite. We had to move to Korea (dh's job) and had to give them away. Now we have 5 Buffs and 5 Barred Rocks that are 4 weeks old. They seem to be growing slowly and haven't started showing signs of sex yet.
yes, at one year old our barred rock went broody strongly
None of my hatchery barred rocks have ever shown an interest.