What Chicken Breeds Make the Best Mothers?

What Chicken Breeds Make the Best Mothers?

If you’ve been raising chickens for a while, you know that there are some breeds — or even just some hens — that tend to go ‘broody’ more than others, and, some breeds that make better mothers than others. With Mother’s Day approaching, we thought it would be a good...

My hen is broody. Now what?

It’s normal for hens to go broody. Some breeds — such as Buff Orpingtons, Cochins, or Silkies, and many breeds of bantams — are more prone to go broody than others, but even production breeds can, on occasion, go broody.  Black Stars are a production...

Silkies

History Silkies are a unique breed of chicken, thought to have originated in China or Southeast Asia. The first recorded history of Silkies occurs in Marco Polo’s writings about his travels to Asia in the 13th century, in which he describes chickens with...