Broody chickens

centrarchid

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10 Years
Sep 19, 2009
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the rooster barley does anything, when a hen is broody she will sit on fertile or non fertile eggs a rooster will help make her eggs fertile (non fertile eggs will NOT hatch) what kind of pictures do you want to describe this?
Here is what I typically see when rooster plays a role in nest site selection. This guy and hen with him disturbed by about 10 city slickers following them around. This guy not broody yet.

 

centrarchid

Free Ranging
10 Years
Sep 19, 2009
23,917
13,427
696
Holts Summit, Missouri
i dont get it is he siting on eggs or ........ what is he doing (laugh)
He is advertising a potential nest site. The rooster typically has an idea on what make for good nest sites in his territory. Part of his courtship sequence to attract a new hen is to impress her with nest site options. He also advertises his health using the sounds and effort invested in the scratching. Roosters in poor condition put on less of a show. Roosters with poor quality territories often do not have good nest sites to show off.
 
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