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Why is my rooster in the nest box?

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My little GLW was in a nest box (still is).  I thought it was sweet that my rooster stood close to the nest box roost, talking to her (encouraging her I assumed).  Well then he climbs in and sits down next to her, still talking, then moves back behind her and starts burrowing down in the nest.  I'm thinking "Hey ?????"  Daisy (GLW) evidently is overcrowded, so she gets out and moves over to the next nest box.  The rooster keeps burrowing down in "his" nest box, and is making little sounds like the hens make (rough purring?) when they're encouraging or content.  He's not sitting on the fake egg I have in there, because it was shoved out of the way when he kept burrowing down.  I snapped a pic of them after she moved over to the other box.  I'm heading back out to see what happens next. 
But is this behavior common?  What's he doing?

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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I have a rooster that gets in the nesting box and just sits.  He does this every day that I see him on the weekend.  He will sit in the nesting box for about an hour, then he gets out.  I have no idea why he does this.    idunno

I would love to hear what the experts have to say about this behavior.  pop

NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #3 of 16

love  You're right!  He is encouraging her.  Has she just started laying?  If so, he's trying to show her how to get started and lay his children.  OR She may be broody and he's encouraging her to hatch his children.  Nonetheless how sweet!!

Lavender Orpingtons and one little white Silkie.   Currently seeking a mixed flock of pullets for my hen pen.  ISO Ameraucana - Cinnamon Queens - Black Copper Marans - Olive Eggers = 2 pullets each. 
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Lavender Orpingtons and one little white Silkie.   Currently seeking a mixed flock of pullets for my hen pen.  ISO Ameraucana - Cinnamon Queens - Black Copper Marans - Olive Eggers = 2 pullets each. 
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Originally Posted by Chicky Tocks 

love  You're right!  He is encouraging her.  Has she just started laying?  If so, he's trying to show her how to get started and lay his children.  OR She may be broody and he's encouraging her to hatch his children.  Nonetheless how sweet!!


Awwwww, I love that explanation.  That is too sweet.love

NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #5 of 16

My rooster did that 1 time, then my meanest hen pecked him in the face and he hasnt gotten back in since.For mine though the reason he got in was bc he was just doing what the girls do everyday lol.

Mandy, mom to Damien 6,Tallen 5,Onalia 3,and Eriella born 12-11-09, baby #5 due 1-1-11.
Also mom to 26 chickens,4 dogs, and 3 cats! *obsessed with turkens*
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Mandy, mom to Damien 6,Tallen 5,Onalia 3,and Eriella born 12-11-09, baby #5 due 1-1-11.
Also mom to 26 chickens,4 dogs, and 3 cats! *obsessed with turkens*
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Thread Starter 

Well, that was kind of bizarre.  I just hit send on my original post when I hear a horrible chicken racket outside.  I run out and hear my rooster cackling LOUDLY, which sounds exactly like an "I JUST LAID AN EGG!!! rant/cackle, walking around outside the coop.  So I go inside, and sure enough, Daisy had laid an egg...and it's got to be a double yolker.  This is the same chicken that I've wondered if her eggs would ever make it up to medium size, because they've been so small (started laying about 6 weeks ago).  I know this sounds goofy, but it's like he could feel that she was struggling with this or something, because he's never been THAT attentive or reactionary when my girls have laid.  I'm glad I was home to watch this today smile

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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post #7 of 16

My rooster (5 mo BC Marans) has been doing this also, at least for the last 2 days.  He made the same purring sounds, too.  I am puzzled!

Wife to a wonderful man with the sense of humor of an 8 year old, stay-at-home mom of 3 wonderful kids.
1 Australorp, 1 Ameracauna, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Barred Rock, 2 Blue/Splash Marans & 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster
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Wife to a wonderful man with the sense of humor of an 8 year old, stay-at-home mom of 3 wonderful kids.
1 Australorp, 1 Ameracauna, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Barred Rock, 2 Blue/Splash Marans & 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster
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post #8 of 16

That's so sweet.  I want a rooster!  I want a rooster.  If I ever get to live someplace more rural, I'm gonna get at least one rooster for my girls.

post #9 of 16

Perhaps he was getting in touch with his feminine side? wink

I love the idea he was encouraging her with a big egg.  Sounds like a lovely rooster.  big_smile

Lauren.  First caught the chicken keeping bug ten years ago, in the UK, went on to get addicted to hatching rare breed chickens and ducks while living in the US, and now starting up again in the olive tree and grapevine covered hills of northern Italy...

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Lauren.  First caught the chicken keeping bug ten years ago, in the UK, went on to get addicted to hatching rare breed chickens and ducks while living in the US, and now starting up again in the olive tree and grapevine covered hills of northern Italy...

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post #10 of 16

my Sunny, a bantam cochin, does this all the time when my girls look a little confused when trying to find a new spot to lay their eggs. i have an EE that seems to need his help all the time! lol

1 corgi, 1 cat, and about 25 chickens! oh, and 1 husband going 'clucky'!
future project: bantam cuckoo faverolles and bantam ermine faverolles! LF silver laced and ermine faverolles too!
join us at the faverolles thread anytime! http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=268082&p=1
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1 corgi, 1 cat, and about 25 chickens! oh, and 1 husband going 'clucky'!
future project: bantam cuckoo faverolles and bantam ermine faverolles! LF silver laced and ermine faverolles too!
join us at the faverolles thread anytime! http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=268082&p=1
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