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Rooster won't leave nesting box

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So I bought a pair of Rhode Island red bantams along with a bbr red bantam, they seemed happy and content so I purchased a beautiful white wyndotte bantam rooster and tried entering him in the flock. Obviously the two roosters fought until one was found dominant. A couple days ago I found the flock sleeping in one corner and my white wyndotte in another. So I picked up my wyndotte and put him in one of the nesting boxes and let the flock go to their nesting box that they all decided to share. My wyndotte won't leave his box. Not during feed time, not for treats, I can't think of anything. I tried picking him up and placing him in front of water but he goes right back in the nest, he might be going out while I'm at work or school but I haven't seen him move. I think he is depressed, what should I do? (I apologize for how long this post is!)
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Sometimes when a rooster is defeated he just gives up because of fear and intimidation.  I would move him to a separate pen and see if he recovers.

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I have (approximately) 40 square foot shed for my two hens and two roosters. The shed looks like this: immediately when you walk in from the front, on either side are two feeders. About 5 or 6 feet in is an elevated platform that sits above the ground about 16 or so inches with a ramp leading up to it, it is about 4 foot long and has two nesting boxes on either side, my flock on one side and the white wyandotte rooster taking the other, the water is directly underneath the ramp. The shed is made out of old wood that i completely reinforced with ply wood. The very front is the only place in which there is a door and there are no windows. On the outside, I have a run that is a foot wider than the shed itself and 8 - 10 ft long (I can't remember lengths to the exact and I am away right now so I can't check). This all protrudes straight from the front of the shed and has its own door. Is there any suggestions you can give me on how to transform this without spending too much money? I want my rooster to be happy but I can't afford to remodel me shed at this time? Thanks for your help and suggestions! It helps a lot!
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Originally Posted by sourland View Post
 

Sometimes when a rooster is defeated he just gives up because of fear and intimidation.  I would move him to a separate pen and see if he recovers.


Edited by ConnerM - 4/29/16 at 8:55am
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