Odd hen~roster relationship

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Marc33, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. Marc33

    Marc33 In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2007
    We've got 33 hens and 2 roosters. We have one RIR hen who lays her egg every day inside a chicken tractor, and our Polish Crested rooster stands over her every single day while she lays. Isn't this odd? The romantic in me would love to think they have fallen madly in love and can't bear to be separated, but I'm sure that's not it! Anyone have any insights?
  2. chickengirlnm

    chickengirlnm Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    clovis, new mexico
    I am with you on this one I think its love. I also think it is very sweet of him- does he do this with all your hens that are laying?
  3. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Not odd at all...the roosters often "talk" to them while laying!
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    After years of watching my chickens and reading BYC, I think a roo hangs around a laying hen to protect her from preditors during such a vulnerable time. And I think he talks to her to let her know he's there watching over her and to encourage her to lay and get back to the flock so she will no longer be so vulnerable. Love? Maybe. More than likely a control freak trying to keep his hens in a row, so to speak. [​IMG]

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