One of our favorite times is when a hen in our home flock goes broody and hatches baby chicks. Some hens and some breeds have a stronger tendency to go broody than others, and some make better mothers than others.

If you’re mainly interested in egg production, you may consider broodiness a negative trait, but for my home flock, I consider both broodiness and mothering instinct to be positive traits because I want a flock that will perpetuate itself.




Standard Breeds

Standard size chicken breeds that are the most likely to go broody are:

Other breeds that have a relatively strong tendency to go broody are:


Many types of bantams are very prone to broodiness.  The bantams are small, and so are their eggs and the chicks that they hatch. Bantams will sit on large (standard breed) eggs and hatch them, but because of the hen’s small size, she can only hatch a few.  Some of the Bantam breeds that are most likely to go broody are:

Have any of your hens gone broody recently and hatched out baby chicks? What breed was the hen? How many chicks did she hatch? Was she a good mother?