I know my first priority remains with the critically endangered Black Java. If you've seen my other posts here, you know how special these birds are to me. I've written here about my own experiences with BJs as inimitable broodies and mothers and the best roosters I've ever known.
|Malcolm, best rooster in the world. Seriously.|
|Minerva, the broody. After she had sat for several days I put|
day-old foster chicks under her, and she accepted them gracefully.
Next up is another favorite of mine--Black Copper Marans. This charming video shows Gypsy, another excellent broody and mother, and Jules, my BCM roo way back when, parenting their chicks. Boy, is allowing a mama to just raise babies easier than doing it yourself...no heat lamp, rubbermaid container, poop to deal with, or incessant peeping at night!
BCMs lay a wonderfully dark egg, usually qute large, past the pullet stage. I adore the speckles some of them have. BCMs play a major role in getting Olive Eggers--and the darker and more speckled-y the better, for my tastes.
|Black Copper Marans go broody often and make wonderful mothers.|
Males and females are large, and dress out nicely. Jules, my roo here, was a gentle giant and almost seemed to enjoy being picked up. I really miss him! Read more about Marans here.