Cockerels in nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lickinchicken, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. lickinchicken

    lickinchicken New Egg

    Jul 4, 2010
    I was just wondering if anyone knows why my cockerels get in the nesting boxes and turn round and round and nestle down. As they do this they make the most incredible noises...sounds like they are purring almost. It is very amusing to watch but I am very curious as to why they do it... do they just like the feeling on nesting sometimes? or is it a way of marking territory so their hens know where to lay?
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I think it's to entice the hens to lay.He's showing them the nest, just like they show the hens food.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    It is exactly to entice the ladies into using the nest boxes. But they gotta check 'em out first for suitability.

    I think it's hysterical to see a full-sized rooster (like my Carl) stuffed into a nestbox, purring and clucking and trilling away, while a pullet stands outside listening and watching. Sure as shootin', as soon as Carl exits the nest box, the pullet gets into it. Now HE stands outside, making encouraging sounds.

    Ain't nature wonderful???!?!?!
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    Presumably your boys then join in with the 'egg song' once the hen has laid?

    All my boys and a few of the other girls join in when a hen starts the eggs song. It is ear shattering!

  5. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

    Sep 28, 2008
    I think it is an adorable behavior the way the check everything out...nice roos you have.

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