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Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 13 4:12 pm    Post subject: chickens for brooding Reply with quote
    

my blue marans don't seem inclined to go broody much - which is a good thing, but I would like a couple of girls to raise chicks for me - what's the best breed to go for? silkies? aren't they a bit small? is there a particular flavour silkie or doesn't it matter?

any thoughts on the above?

Bungo



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 13 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Indian game seem a pretty broody lot , I have one at the moment gone broody.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 13 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

A silkie cross takes some beating. Crossed with a Light Sussex or a large game hen, the resulting cross is bigger, retains the broodiness trait and tends to lose the feathery legs. Ideal.

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 13 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hmm yes a silkie cross makes sense - thanks

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 13 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Another vote here for Indian Game. Excellent mothers.

We have a couple of Hamburg Bantams - again, excellent mothers. The one who hatched 8 guinea fowl is still running round with them as Leader of the Pack even though she is half their size.

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 13 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Indian Game fan here too or a Game cross. In November one of my Game covered 19 eggs hatched and reared 17...you can't ask much better than that.

My Speckled Sussex are also very reliable.

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 13 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

maybe I should give IG another go - the only one I reared before was tiny

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 13 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Ours were on the big side. We had the most fabulous IG cockerel called Boris. His crow was a bit odd (it reminded me of a boy whose voice had not completely broken). Poor thing, he did try ever so hard to crow properly.

chez



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 13 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Another vote for silkie-Sussex here. If you put a lf gold silkie cock over a Sussex hen, you get sex-linked 'gold top' hens. I keep setting myself up to try it and then getting side-tracked.

Woodburner



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 13 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

silkie x goldtop also sit like it's a competition, especially the smooth feathered ones. Better than the goldtops imho, although I haven't actually used them, the goldtops didn't go broody until they were over a year old, and even then they looked like they weren't sure if they were doing the right thing.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 13 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Some big IG can be quite clumsy with the eggs and chicks.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 13 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

just remember the broody i use atm is IG/Ixworth i think

Bodger



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 13 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thats a big beggar then, lets hope that she has dancing feet.

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 13 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

she's been ace - mostly we foster chicks onto her though. She is really mean and protective! - but she is knocking on. I need broody futures. I have a plan...

Bodger



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 13 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Its only in the last few years that I've started to use incubators. Prior to that its always been broodies. If I had some really precious eggs and I'd got a tried and tested broody handy, then it would be a broody every time.

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