Broodiness chart for chicken breeds  

Knowing your hen’s broodiness is the key to dealing with a broody chicken. Being broody means that your hen is sitting on a nest of eggs with the intent to hatch them. This is a very serious undertaking for your hen, and she will not be moved easily. If you have ever tried to pick up a broody chicken, you know that they can be quite aggressive. This can be frustrating if you are trying to collect eggs from the nest or have no intention of hatching any chicks.

Before buying or adopting new chickens, be sure to do your research on the broodiness of different chicken breeds. Some breeds are more prone to going broody than others. If you already have a flock and don’t want any baby chicks, it’s best to avoid getting a broody chicken in the first place.

Check this broodiness chart for chicken breeds to get an idea of which ones are more likely to go broody.

Chicken Breed Picture Size/Weight (lb.) Broodiness Check Here For Breed Information
Welsummer Welsummer Chicken   6-9 rarely broody   Welsummer Chicken (Eggs & Temperament)
 Showgirl Showgirl chicken   1.8-2.8 frequent brooder  Showgirl Chicken Breed Profile
Buff Brahma  Buff brahma 8-10 for hens; 10-12 for roosters  occasionally broody   How to Raise Buff Brahma Chickens 
Green Queen Chicken  Green Queen Chicken 4 for hens; 5 for roosters  rarely broody Green Queen Chicken: The Breed That Lays Beautiful Green Eggs
Calico Princess  Calico Princess Chicken 6-7  occasionally broody  Calico Princess Chicken: The Ultimate Guide
Deathlayer  Deathlayer chicken  3.5 for hens; 5 for roosters less likely to brood  Deathlayer Chicken: Meaning and Origin
Blue Laced Gold Wyandottes blue laced gold wyandotte chicken   6-7 for hens; 8-9 for roosters seldom broody  Blue Laced Gold Wyandotte Chickens: Egg-laying, Broodiness, and Temperament
White Crested Black Polish  white crested black polish chicken picture  4-5 for hens; 5-7.5 for roosters rarely broody  White Crested Black Polish: Breed Information
Red Star red star chicken   8 not broody  Red Star Chickens: Eggs, Height, Size, and Raising Tips
Jubilee Orpington Orpington chicken   7-8 broody  Jubilee Orpington Chicken: Eggs, Temperament and Raising Tips
Asian Black 5-6 rarely broody Asian Black Chicken for Backyard Flock
Blue Copper Marans  picture of marans chicken breed 7 not broody Blue Copper Marans: The History & Future of Marans Chickens
Polish Frizzle  polish frizzle chicken  4-5 occasional brooder Polish Frizzle Chicken Breed Profile

There you have it, a quick guide to the broodiness of different chicken breeds.

Although it is normal for any hen to go broody from time to time, certain chicken breeds are more prone to it than others.

If you find yourself with a broody chicken, there are a few things you can do. The most common solution is to break the broodiness. This involves removing the hen from the nest and keeping her away from the eggs until she gives up on hatching them. This can be a difficult process. It may take a few tries before the hen is finally broken of her broodiness.

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of breaking a broody chicken, you can always let her hatch the eggs. This is a more hands-off approach, but it does have its risks. It’s up to you to decide what is best for your flock.

Do you have any experience dealing with a broody chicken? Let us know.