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Hatching eggs and my cockerel?!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by az85, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. az85

    az85 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all my two pekin bantams are both sitting on fertile eggs and due to hatch in about 3 days, however they are cooped with the cockerel and were not sure whether to remove him incase hes aggressive towards the chicks. both hens and cockerel are only a year old and he is very protective of them and i dont know whether this will reflect on how he treat the chicks. do you think its safer to remove him and leave both hens to tend to there eggs/chicks until theyre old enough to be moved?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    You are dealing with living animals so no one can give you absolute guarantees, but a good rooster protects every flock member. If a rooster sees the chicks when they are young he assumes they are his and is likely to help Mama take care of them. I have never had a mature rooster threaten a chick. I have seen some of my roosters help take care of chicks, before and after Mama weans them.

    I’m always glad to have a rooster in my flock when a hen hatches.
     
  3. az85

    az85 Out Of The Brooder

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    I completely understand what you're saying, he seems protective of the eggs at present and always sneaks up on my when I check the nest. I will see how he goes!
     

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