Breeds and broodies
QI have a Partridge Welsummer hen and a Cream Legbar as well as a few other hens. I can’t understand why the Cream Legbar keeps goings broody while my Welsummer never does; she just keeps laying eggs! Can you explain a bit more about which hens go broody?
ACharlotte Popescu says: Welsummers are classed as a light breed and light breeds are, on the whole, non-sitters, which means they will not be prone to broodiness. Cream Legbars are a law unto themselves and this is because they are made up from three different breeds: the Leghorn (a non-sitter), the barred Plymouth Rock and the Araucana. The Plymouth Rock is a heavy breed and therefore a sitter. The Araucana is a light breed and therefore you would expect her to be a non-sitter; however, she is an exception to the rule and Araucanas are notorious for sitting but may not make the best mothers. I have found in the past that my Araucana crosses, though, definitely like to go broody and make wonderful mums. This means that Cream Legbars may or may not want to sit, depending on whether they have inherited more or less Leghorn characteristics. Heavy breeds that make very good broodies are the Wyandottes, Opringtons, Brahmas and the Marans to name a few.
A Cream Legbar