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Broody Chickens
Breeds

If your looking for broody chickens
there are definitely some breeds that are more reliable others.
Here's some of the breeds most known for
going broody

At one point in history, all hens went 'broody', or had their natural instincts kick in that urged them to stay on a nest and hatch out a clutch of eggs. Somewhere along the line, people raising chickens for egg production realized that this behavior cost them money. They lose the time the hen sits on the eggs (21 days), plus time beyond that while she focuses on raising her chicks.

There are still many breeds that will go broody fairly regularly. And some of them are also known as good mothers. Here's lists of broody chicken breeds. They are divided into three different lists: Best Bets (known to go broody), Best Moms (broody tendencies plus known to be good mothers), and hens that go broody on occasion.

BEST BETS for Broodiness:

Araucana

Belgian D'Anver

Belgian D'Uccle

Booted

Brahma

Cochins

Cubalaya

Java

Malay

Marans

Silkie

Best Mothers:

Chantelcer

Dominique

Dorking

Dutch

Modern Game

New Hampshire

Old English Game

Orpington

Phoneix

Sussex

Fair Bets, but Not A Sure Deal:

Ameraucana

Appenzeller

Asil
(also good mothers)

Australorp
(also good mothers)

Buckeye

Cornish

Delaware

Jersy Giant

Sumantra

Turkens (Naked Necks)
(also good mothers)

Wyandotte

 

Do you have a hen set on hatching eggs and you want to learn how to 'break' her broodiness?

Would you like to see a list of chickens known to NOT to hatch out eggs?

Would you like to know more about chicken breeds?

 

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