Is my Rooster Broody!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheLukeMeister, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. TheLukeMeister

    TheLukeMeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, my silkie rooster, Bubbles, is sitting on 2 eggs and a golf ball. I haven't seen him mate or crow, but I have seen my other 2 silkie hens lay and when I cracked the eggs open, they were fertile. So, he is positively a rooster. Any way, I went out to check on my broody hen, and there he was, sitting in another nest box. He was squawking and pecking, just like any broody hen. So I decided to do a test (I do with my other hens to make sure they're not eggbound and actually broody). I got 2 eggs, and put them in front of him in the nest, and sure enough, he raked them under himself with his beak! I've read that roosters sometimes sit on the nest to get the hens to go broody and raise his young, but this seems a little more... "hardcore" (for lack of a better word).
    So, does anybody know what's going on?
     
  2. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wondering if you mistook infertile egg for fertile.
     
  3. TheLukeMeister

    TheLukeMeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, maybe so... But the eggs had perfect bulls eyes, I don't know [​IMG]. And now, he (/she) has pulled breast feathers!
     
  4. FloofyChick

    FloofyChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Once a very long time ago I had a barred rock roo that decided to sit. It was the strangest thing.. I don't remember the outcome of that though. I think I just left him to it
     
  5. TheLukeMeister

    TheLukeMeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, did he stay or just sit for a couple hours?
     
  6. FloofyChick

    FloofyChick Out Of The Brooder

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    As I remember it I think he sat for about a week with no eggs before he gave up and went back to being a pretty normal roo
     
  7. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    Do you have a pic of your "roo"
     
  8. TheLukeMeister

    TheLukeMeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah okay. Thanks!
     
  9. TheLukeMeister

    TheLukeMeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, here.
    His crest. (pitiful huh?)
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    He's the buff in the middle.
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    And his "streamers". (also pretty pitiful)
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    He is pretty feminine, but I've got fertile eggs from my hens, and he's the only one I haven't seen lay.
     
  10. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    That looks like a hen. Have you hatched eggs from them??
     

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