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Your best broody hen is a ?????

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by nutz4critters, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. nutz4critters

    nutz4critters In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2008
    NW Alabama
    I was wondering with what breed you had the best luck getting a good broody hen. [​IMG]

    I've read several places that Silkies are great broodies, but the ones we used to have must have dropped out of brood school. They were dumber than dirt, too. To be fair, we got them "locally" and there could have been a lot of inbreeding, I guess.

    I've got three young pair of bantams (two are Wyandottes and one is a Rock) but am looking to get some standard varieties later this spring or early summer. Don't know that I'll *need* a brood hen, but it is something to consider for future reference.

    All advice greatly appreciated!
  2. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    My best (and only so far) broody is a silkie Serama bantam. [​IMG] She has more Serama than silkie traits.
  3. davecash

    davecash Songster

    Jul 22, 2007
    haha, my pigeons are my most broody birds.,
  4. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    I have an EE who will NEVER stop brooding. I can hardly remember what she looks like off her nest. She's pretty much the mother of every single bird my extended family and my immediate family own, because every egg finds its way under her.
  5. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    Our best broodies are bantam wyandottes. It seems that there is always 1 if not more broody wyandotte bantam hens.
  6. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing Premium Member

    My bantam partridge cochin, Tina. Not only does she go broody, she is a great mother and will adopt chicks if you just put them in there with her.
    I have two silkies that will go broody, but both of them either don't commit or they try to kill what they hatch. [​IMG]
    All three of them are broody now... I have a lot of "kicking off nests" to do!!! [​IMG]
  7. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    Quote:For me too, I've only had one silkie go broody that actually hatch chicks.
  8. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    My Amerucana is best for me first hatch was dec/jan and just hatched 10 more, got 5 chicks from tractor supply put them close to her, and she is defending them like she hatched them herself, 15 dont fit real good under her, but she tries.
  9. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    i recieved 14 silkie/cochin hens that are addicted to eggs. ive also heard that partridge rocks brood well
  10. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Buff Orpington and Silkie are tied.


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