Hybrid hens went broody
QI bought five hybrid hens this spring and I read that they are not meant to be broody. However, this summer, the Rhode Rock and the Sussex hybrid both tried to sit and I found it quite annoying as I didn’t get any eggs from them for at least three weeks. Why did they go broody?
ACharlotte Popescu says: Although hybrids have been specifically bred to lay eggs right through the year and broodiness should be less likely, there are some that will still want to sit on their eggs. This is because most hybrids come from the Rhode Island Red, the Sussex or the Marans which are all heavy breeds. Heavy breeds are sitters so they will go broody. If you want hybrids that will definitely not go broody then you need to go for the Leghornbased hybrid, often called White Star. The Leghorn is a light breed and a non-sitter.
The Sussex hybrid usually called Black Sussex