The best way to have a sustainable flock is to get your chickens to make more chickens! And the best way to achieve that is by getting the broodiest chicken breeds to act out as moms. These broody chickens will make excellent regular moms, sitting on eggs and raising chicks, even if they aren’t theirs!
By mixing these breeds with breeds that are egg-laying machines you’ll be able to get a great balance between raising chicks and getting constant eggs.
Silkies – The Broodiest Hen
These adorable fluff balls are incredibly friendly and curious. Considered the “lap dog” version of a chicken, Silkies are docile and make great pets for kids. They’re also considered indisputably the best broody chicken breed you can get.
Silkies will gladly sit on eggs that aren’t theirs and make excellent mothers. Since they only lay less than 100 medium eggs per year they’re kept mostly for their mother capabilities -and for their gorgeous personalities!
Cochins – Excellent Mothers
Cochins seem larger than they are because of their fluffy feathers. They tend to be very docile and easy to handle. They’re even hardier for winter than Silkies, although during the winter they tend to not care of their chicks as well.
Cochins are excellent broody chickens that will hatch and take care of baby chicks. They don’t care who’s the real mom of their babies, they’ll take care of them as if they were their own.
Brahmas – Great For Winter!
We’ve talked about this striking gentle giant before, Brahmas are an incredible sight. Despite their size, they don’t require a lot of space since they’re not natural foragers.
If you want to start a sustainable flock in the northern regions, this broody breed is the one you need. They’re incredibly winter-hardy and will even keep laying during the colder months!
Old English Game – Protective Moms
This classic breed is just like the one grandpa used to have. The Old English breed came from breeds that were used for cockfighting, which is why it’s a breed that’s recommended to more experienced keepers.
Because of their roots they’re best if kept away from more docile breeds, like the Buff Orpington, since they can be a bit bossy and territorial. They also need a lot of space to explore and move around. However their personality is the reason why the Old English Game is a great broody bird if you free-range your chickens. Remember, chicks are an easy target for predators. With an aggressively protective mother like this one, you can let them explore all you want knowing that the hens are keeping their chicks safe.
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