@OneHappyRooster (or tag someone who may know about behavior?) Do you have any suggestions as how to get this rooster to mate with the hens instead of shoes? ... Hens won't squat for rooster so rooster doesn't mate with them.Ahhh... well we're getting somewhere here... I'm not a real expert on behaviour but I'm sure there are others on BYC that could work with this info...
Hens don't squat for rooster
Hens will squat for you
Rooster attempts to mate with your shoe
Rooster dances around hens
Rooster 'tid bits' with treats for hens
Rooster seems too nice to jump on any unwilling squatter
So... Hens won't submit to your rooster... (because they don't squat) and You seem to be the head of the flock? (hens squat for you)
You said you tried to encourage the hens by giving the rooster (only rooster) treats and he then offered those treats to the hens? Could you do this so like you aren't the one giving the treats to the rooster? So he is the one that finds the treats? - usually works to attract the hen and she submits and squats.... Your hens must be picky!
I wonder if theres some sort of way to change the hens behavior towards your roo?
Or if your not too fond of your roo then just swap him out for another roo if your wanting chicks? Maybe your hens will squat for a different rooster?