My good friend and neighbor gave me two hens. One is broody with four eggs of all different colors and sizes. The other came with two chicks. These hens are bantam size. I placed three of my own eggs under the broody hen. They were brown, white and blue, being from various large breeds of my old flock.
Bantams, especially the flock from which these came, tend to be broody, that is, they will sit on the eggs and hatch them. The trait of broodiness has nearly disappeared from most of the other breeds. I’d like to see if I can get the broody trait back through these bantam hens and then see if I can breed this broody trait into a larger chicken using these bantams as a foundation stock.
The chicks are due to hatch on August 7.