Here's my praise report. I have had to take q crash course in incubating and raising chicks. We have to learn this stuff, but they don't. We have to be warned about temp, moisture, drafts, breezes, etc., but they do a fine job without taking a class.
How good are the Bantam Cochins at laying in the heat?
Kevin Swanson wrote:Buff orpingtons go broody and they are a decent sized bird. I usually have 1 or 2 out of 6 total hens go broody.
Exactly right! Of the most common breeds in the states, orpingtons and speckled sussex go broody the most. Least broody appears to be barred Plymouth Rock or white leghorn. Austrolorps have Orpington in their background so I would think they might have a tendency to go broody as well. Sometimes an older hen might go broody that hasn't before, but you need to watch her because she may not talk to the eggs and will stay on the nest if not all eggs are hatched and defacto abandon the ones that do hatch. Bantams and Cochins are known for being good mothers as well. Also, anytime you have a "mutt" or crossed chicken, they seem to be more likely to go broody. I think as chickens become hybridized, they become more like the ancestral chicken and tend to be more broody. I've found the same thing with Buffs, out of 10, 2-4 will become broody from time to time.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:I...and they will go broody just by me not picking up the eggs for two days...
Most of my hens are like that. I currently have a Turken, a Buff Rock, an Australorp, and a Production Red that are sitting on eggs, with another Turken that has few weeks old baby with her, and another Australorp that has 6 babies that are just a couple days old. Two of them hatched under the Turken and I moved them to the mamma with the four babies so I can move them over into the chicken tractor away from the adults. Three more chicks were hatching under the Turken when I left for work today.
Jovana Johnson wrote:Can I move my chickens eggs out of my boat cubby to a box and she still take care of them?
Yes I've done it twice with two different hens (a maran and a Dansk landhøns) both sat again with no problems. Hubby grabbed the hen making sure there were no eggs up under her wings, I just ran around opening doors etc, they were then put into a chicken tractor with the new eggs I wanted them to brood. I'm sure they would have sat on their own again though!