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Which breeds do best for clocking

Hi I am looking to get some breeds for next seasons breeding programme and I'm looking to see which breed people have had most success with. I know that silkies are great for it but any others, as I'm in donegal and broody hens are not easy got . So if you have some breeds and are in and around donegal I would love to hear your opinions on them . Cheers .
Don't forget I can only travel when allowed .

rich1
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Partridge Wyandotte, Silver Sussex, goldtops (sex linked cross silkie /sussex).

Desy
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

If clocking means hatching chicks then I would suggest Buff Orpingtons. They are probably not the top sitters but still they are quite good. Plus they are a good meat bird and a decent layer. White silkies as far as I know are also quite good sitters. You almost can't keep them from sitting as far as I know. But they don't lay well and they are not good meat birds. I think that Purebred Plymouth Rocks also sit fairly well and they are a decent meat bird and layer.

craigmartin
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

I breed rare breeds so its not a meat bird I'm looking for its a bird that I can use to hatch some eggs when incubator is full.

rich1
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Those i have named, should also state bantam..

Desy
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Bantams especially Japanese

Sulky Bantam
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

The Plymouth Rocks are pretty rare in Ireland. I got some hatching eggs from the UK.

craigmartin
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

My silkies go broody 3 or even 4 times a year I even have 2 started sitting, couple days now..i have rirs light Sussex and Australorp hens also and they go broody also alot.. I don't use incubator I have between 25 to 35 broody hens every year... My turkeys and khaki Campbell ducks also hatch out..

rob101
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Alot of work with hen rearing do you free range them rob or confined up single.

paddycrawford
Thursday, December 24th, 2020

Paddy all the broodies get there own areas I find it easier than having them all mixed together.. When the chicks are old enough I slowly introduce them.. Or move them on..

rob101
Thursday, December 24th, 2020

I do it my self theres alot of feeding and watering especialy in the hot summer weather.

paddycrawford
Thursday, December 24th, 2020

True but it keeps us out of trouble and we could be at worse things..

rob101
Thursday, December 24th, 2020

Pekins are great hatches and mothers

Torsten Schulz
Friday, December 25th, 2020

Silkies or gold/black tops great wee clockers (cross between Silkie and Light sussex

Stevowhyte
Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Goldtops have become very popular but I have found Wyandotte cross Indian Game to to be relentless, I could not keep them from sitting on eggs, Sit, hatch and rear the chicks and start all over again and again and again. It was an never ending cycle with them.

roostercroweburn
Friday, January 1st, 2021

I agree Sussex

Sulky Bantam
Friday, January 1st, 2021

Goldtops can be produced with out having to rear cocks thats what makes them popular.

paddycrawford
Friday, January 1st, 2021


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