Roo destroying nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by buckyphifer, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. buckyphifer

    buckyphifer In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2008
    Northwest Tennessee
    I have a buff cochin bantam rooster that just won't leave the girls boxes alone. Early last fall I was one week away from my first hatch and he got in the box and knocked all the eggs out and the bedding. I went out the next morning to find cracked and cold eggs. :mad: I was so disguisted with him and he is my fav. Well, my girls are laying again and he is back to his old tricks. Even if there are no eggs in the boxes he still gets in and rakes the bedding out. They have hay and wood shavings in the coop so he has plenty to scratch in. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm so ready for some buff babies, but if he has anything to do with it that won't happen!
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    anyway you could seperate hime for the 21 days?
  3. buckyphifer

    buckyphifer In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2008
    Northwest Tennessee
    I guess I'll have to. They just get all bent out of shape when someone is missing and I was afraid the hen would come off the nest. But I guess if she is broody enough it won't deter her. Maybe I worry too much about how they "feel". Thanks for your reply.
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Sometimes the roo likes to have his hens nest where HE wants them to, so he'll try to make a nest to HIS liking...
  5. Nichole77

    Nichole77 Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    what a jerk.
  6. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I put a nest box in with both my BLR and Jerseys, and the first thing those roos did was inspect it and rearrange the leaves to their liking. One of the BLR roos started camping out in it, so I had to kick him out a couple of times. Basically, their trying to impress upon the girls that they have a really cool pad and they should come over and check it out. [​IMG]

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