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Gender confused rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Coop de Grille, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why does my rooster insist on sitting on eggs? At first I thought he might be dust bathing but he is acting like a hen. He walks in a circle, pushes the eggs back under him with his beak and kicks around the shavings. It's definitely not dust bathing. [​IMG]

    Quick video clip of him tucking eggs underneath himself.

     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you absolutely positive it's a ROO?? Both your pic and video clip doesn't really show the face very well, as well as a "body shot" ... You just might actually have a hen there...does it "crow" ??? [​IMG]
     
  3. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, he crows. Here is a pic of him:

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    His mother is a pure bred black ameraucana and his daddy is a pure bred white ameraucana. Someone is eating all my EE's muffs. This is a close up pic I took of him muff-less.

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    Last edited: Apr 17, 2014
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow! I never heard of this before....weird for sure! Maybe someone here at BYC with way more knowledge than me will be by soon and give you better information...good luck!
     
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    A rooster acting like that at my place would be the next guest to dinner.........and he would not be needing silverware either.......get my drift?
     
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  6. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL Enola! As long as he isn't mean he can stay. I have never had a roo that sat on eggs before. This isn't the first time I have seen him sitting either. He does it a lot.
     
  7. Daniel23

    Daniel23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let us know if he hatches the eggs!
     
  8. ChickenPox

    ChickenPox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's awesome! LOL! A roo with a strong parenting instinct!
     
  9. -BOGGS-

    -BOGGS- Out Of The Brooder

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    That's pretty cool! LOL, A broody roo!LOL
     
  10. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, it gets weirder. Today I found his brother doing the same thing. He is handicapped and doesn't roost so he likes to sleep in the nest box. I have only seen him in there at bedtime, never during the day and never walking in circles and kicking up shavings and throwing them on his back like I witnessed today.

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    Last edited: Apr 18, 2014

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