Chicken Breeds with Broody Tendencies

If you are only interested in egg production than you may not want to purchase chicks that have broody tendencies.  Broody hens can be troublesome, so if your not looking for a mother hen, here are the breeds you may want to avoid.


Standard Size Breeds
• Buff Rocks
• Cochins
• Buff Orpingtons
• Dark Cornish
• Light Brahmas
• Cuckoo Marans
• Turkens
• Buff Brahmas


• Silkies
• Cochin Bantams
• Cornish Bantams

5 thoughts on “Chicken Breeds with Broody Tendencies”

  1. Funny you brought this up. I had a BLR Wyandotte and Australorp broody at the same time, then last week a Jersey Giant and yesterday I noticed a Dominique is broody!!!! Ugh!

    1. A Dominique? Yikes… that’s really rare! I’ve NEVER had a Dominique go broody! That’s why I keep them, nothing worse than trying to keep a broody hen alive in 112 degrees – when she won’t leave the nest.

      1. We have three Dominique’s and she is the meanest broody mama! I put her in a broody pen, since she isn’t laying, she is hoarding the other hens eggs and protects them fiercely. I think broodiness is contagious in my coop!

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