Okay....strange question here....I've noticed behaviors displayed by several of my cockerels/roosters that I simply don't know how to translate.
- My Bielefelder cockerel, Bosch, frequently lays head-first against the exterior wall of the chicken cabin and makes these quiet, deep throaty sounds while keeping his head down. I usually find that some of my girls are on the other side of the wall in the nesting box when he does this, and other girls gather around him enmasse.
- My mixed cockerel, Copper, actually climbs into the nesting box with some of the pullets in his flock who are just starting to lay, essentially blocking their exit from the box, and makes the same gentle sounds that Bosch makes.
- My mixed buttercup-combed cockerel, "Q", will lay on the ground with his head to the far corner of the coop he shares with my Easter Eggers and makes that same noise.
What the heck are they doing? In the case of Copper, he actually seemed to be teaching the pullet to lay her eggs in the nesting box, not out on the ground where she'd started laying them, but is this even possible? I've grown familiar with my cockerel's/rooster's tendencies to stand watch and guard their favorite girls when the girls are in the process of laying eggs, but I'm not entirely sure what to make of the seemingly submissive behaviors they sometimes display while making those "purring" sounds.