Roo having gender issues?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tomhusker, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I collected eggs from our Barred Rocks early today, I guess they had plans and wanted to get them done and over with. Later in the dayI went out to check to see if BR #4 had started laying again and was very pleased to catch a glimpse of some lavender feathers in one of the nest boxes. I know our Lavender Orpingtons are 22 weeks and approaching POL and was hoping today was the day. I opened the egg door and found in the bottom left nest box one 22 week old, perfectly healthy Lavender Orpington..... ROO!

    [​IMG] He seemed comfy so I left him there. I hope he was checking out the facilities for his two girls.
     
  2. Ed62

    Ed62 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had one at about 27 weeks of age, actually sitting on an egg. He only did that once as far as I know.

    Ed
     
  3. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He sounds a bit confused. Does he have a good roo role model he looks up to that can maybe give him some advice? [​IMG]
     
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I've read of other people's experiences, some roos spend time in the nest boxes to sort of "point out" that it's a good place for the girls to lay their eggs.
     
  5. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Until about 4 weeks ago we had a BR roo that ruled the roost. He was culled due to a respiratory illness. I have been waiting for this LO to step up but he still allows the BR to push him around. (The BR's are 6 weeks older) No crowing at all, but he does seem to discipline all of the others, besides the BR's. I think one of our Jersey Giants will be BMOC eventually. I'm ok with that, but I will build a bachelor pad for the other two who are not top dog.
     

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