Caring cockerel!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by viacky, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. viacky

    viacky Out Of The Brooder

    My silky hen and cockerel have had a chick. The chick is doing great, growing well, and the hen is a great mum, teaching and protecting the little one. They're now in the main coop area, and still doing well. The cockerel has taken up residence with them in their coop, and helps keep the chick warm overnight. What amazes me is that he also nurtures the chick during the day, allowing it to shelter underneath him and generally spending a lot of time with it. Sometimes the chick even follows him over its mum!

    Just wondering if anyone has had similar experiences with motherly cockerels!
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    My Silkie roosters do that too, its the sweetest thing :love

    Hang onto that little guy, most chicken keepers aren't fortunate enough to have such a gentleman when it comes to their roos :)
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I've never had a cock bird brood, but I've seen threads on it here on BYC. I do have adult males that help care for the chicks as far as finding food or protecting from the other mature hens in the flock. My males are always very attentive to chicks of both genders, and to the broody momma.
  4. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    It's very sweet, all right. It's natural in some roosters, not all, to help the hen nurture the chicks in the ways you describe. Centrarchid describes in some postings a "family unit" where the rooster co-cares for the chicks. I think it probably happens more often with Silkies than standard breeds.

    MESOFRUFFEH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2015
    East Texas
    Awwww that is too sweet!!! I have a bantam rooster that is quite a gentleman as well, they are few and far between, you need to keep that fella!! And maybe give him a few extra table scraps for being such a sweetie [​IMG]
  6. Triplecross

    Triplecross Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2013
    Southern Michigan
    That is so cute! Now I want a silkie rooster![​IMG]

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