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Wondering about Broodiness of these Breeds.....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bleenie, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I am getting far ahead of myself here BUT, I am debating over letting my hens(currently just pullets at 4.5mo old) hatch babies of thir own or buying more chicks later on to replenish the youth of the egg laying flock. So I am wondering how broody my girls are likely to be?

    My girls are Barred Rocks(2), Rhode Island Reds(2), Buff Wyandottes(4) & Black EE's(4). My new Roo is a handsome Splash BLRW, so the female chicks they produce should be reasonably good future layers.... I hope [​IMG]

    So, how often can I expect the girls to go broody after they are mature?
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2011

  2. catterbug

    catterbug Songster

    Apr 16, 2010
    I think your EE's may be the best for broodiness, at least from what I know about all of your breeds. I am newer to the world of chickens so maybe someone with a little more experience can chip in. Either way I will bump this.
  3. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    The EE's are (i think!) a mix of Black Australorp & Ameraucauna. They're all jet black, bearded & single combed. I thought I would add that so you guys can get a better idea of how the EE's might be as broodies.
  4. Grim

    Grim In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2011
    too young to tell. most breeds have had broodiness breed out of them. it can be hit or miss. just give them time and keep watch on them. you have a dozen so at least one will probably go broody this year. if you have the patience, give them a year, that maternal instinct tends to kick in a bit stronger the older they get. and if a hen goes broody once she usually will again. if you want to raise your own chickens. breed for broodiness. if you have a hen that goes broody consistently. try to hatch some eggs from her. this is probably beyond what you were asking.
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

  6. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    I vote wyandottes...I have 3 broody bantam wyandottes right now.. between the 3 of them they've been broody 7 times now I believe.
  7. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I was thinking that the Wyandottes might be my best bet, but I was only going off of their body type, lol. I remember our old laying hens and that the "fatter" looking ones were the ones that usually sat on eggs.

    I appreciate all the info. I am not worried about adding chicks right away, so I don't mind waiting. I can also incubate but I would really like it if they would brood the chicks themselves since I will have plenty of ducklings in my brooder.

  8. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Thank you for that link, very informative but also disappointing [​IMG] . Maybe I will add a bantam hen later on to do the brooding for me, I could probaby fit a fair amount of standard-size eggs under a little banty hen, right? I never had any of my Cochins sit on other chicken eggs, just a few duck eggs for me. [​IMG]


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