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I'm wondering, is broodiness a genetic thing or would birds raised by a broody be more inclined towards broodiness than those hatched in an incubator, so basically is it nature or nurture? Thoughts...?

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Certain breeds are known to be good for hatching. Silkies,pekins and a few others. I've had pekins and used them to hatch ducks, hens,pheasants and quail. I've seen hybrids go broody, some regularly. I think if you provide the right environment, space to leave some eggs,upturned basket in a quiet corner most of them should sit

Torsten Schulz
Sunday, October 11th, 2020

I've hatched under broodies and in incubators, the offspring that turned out broody were from broody parents regardless of hatching method.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

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