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Can a rooster become a mamma hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CartierChicken, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. CartierChicken

    CartierChicken Chirping

    Jun 11, 2011
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I so should have brought a camera to the coop. I have the coop slit in 2, and just moved my 5 week olds back in there. They were 2 1/2 weeks when they lost their mother, and have been inside ever since. I have a heater in there. I have also been nursing my poor rooster, as he has been ousted by the new rooster. I decided to put him in with the chicks as he seems so unhappy kept in the house. When I went in to see how everyone was settling in, I found my old rooster on the perch with 2 chicks on him, 2 under his wing on one side, and 2 under his wing on the other side, then on pressed in to him. I could not believe my eyes.

  2. Mom2sixpeeps

    Mom2sixpeeps In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2011
    Monroe, GA
    Awe, how sweet!!!
  3. chicken delighted

    chicken delighted Songster

    Mar 26, 2011
    sounds like he a great guy. i am going to say yes because i have a bantum rooster named hermie. he is a sweet heart when my broody hens chicks come out for the frist time it is hermie that will jump in the pen and help take care of them he will call them for feed ,protect them along with the hen,walk around the barn yard like a proud parent. he just the best rooster
  4. stargirl

    stargirl Songster

    Jun 15, 2011
    Oh my gosh! My heart just melted! [​IMG]
  5. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    We have a pair of bantams that the hen just hatched 6 out of 7 eggs a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday the rooster had two of the chicks under his wing. The other four were across the coop with Mamma.

    What's really funny is they are seperated because this roo fights every other chicken on the farm. [​IMG]
  6. kano

    kano Songster

    Aug 24, 2008
    Santiago de Chile
    That is very common in Bantam races, and some araucana roos.
  7. henney penny

    henney penny Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    I have silkies and when the babies are to big to all get under mama they get under the rooster

  8. merry hens

    merry hens In the Brooder

    Jan 18, 2009
    How delightful! I once had a Sebright cockerel who adopted 7 chicks (they were his younger siblings) and never left them.

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