3-month old silkie pecking and shoving a broody silkie in nest box - cockerel behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CapFluffBall, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. CapFluffBall

    CapFluffBall Hatching

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    Hi,

    I have a 3-month old silkie that always goes into the nest box of a broody silkie, right before they all go to sleep for the night, and pecks/shoves her and climbs all over her. Eventually he or she will leave my poor hen alone and go roost, but I was wondering if maybe this is rooster behavior and that he is trying to mate? When a third pullet or cockerel (sorry, i only have silkies so hard to tell) tries to join, he or she will peck at it to leave. What do you guys think?

    Thanks!
     
  2. silkielover88

    silkielover88 Chirping

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    Silkies are naturally broody, she's probably trying to get into the nesting box. My silkie hen has her own lower to the ground and she sleeps in it every night, but I have also had a rooster sleep in a box as well
     

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