1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Rooster Behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Duckchick2011, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Duckchick2011

    Duckchick2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    761
    24
    138
    Apr 17, 2011
    Louisiana
    I was wondering, Do roosters help the hens find a good place to nest?

    My new rooster Presley had jumped into the nest box I made this morning and made a really big deal about it i.e he was clucking his head off. Then my hen came over, kicked him out and hasn't left. She's scratching around a whole lot and arranging the hay around her like she's making a nest. I think she's getting ready to lay an egg but I really don't know(I'm kinda new to chickens). Maybe she just found a nice place for a nap, but she sure is fussing over it.

    There behavior is so fun to watch!
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2016
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    61,951
    3,635
    646
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Yes, as you have probably figured out they do. They will scratch, cluck and make a trilling sound to call the hens.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    7,072
    723
    296
    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    I love to watch my cockerel, he makes a fuss over the girls. Yes, mine would get in the nesting boxes, cluck and inspect - sort of like checking it out before he let's them use it[​IMG]
    It's a wonderfully fun thing to watch if they are good to the ladies.
     
  4. Duckchick2011

    Duckchick2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    761
    24
    138
    Apr 17, 2011
    Louisiana
    Yes [​IMG] I was so worried he would be mean and rough to her but so far he has been such an amazing gentleman. He finds her food and guards her too.

    Oh yeah, I just got my first egg!!!!!! [​IMG] I'm thinking about letting her go broody. I have a strong feeling she will.

    How many eggs do hens typically lay before they decide to start sitting?
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    30,500
    3,383
    516
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    When I got my first flock of mixed ages the cock got into the nest for about 30 minutes just talkin' up a storm...and then eggs there the next day.
    It was funny, I had no clue at the time that they would do that.......then the first egg song was even funnier.

    You can't 'make' a hen go broody....it's hormonal and will happen, or not, regardless of how many eggs she has laid.
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    22,998
    3,200
    456
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator

    It varies, but mine typically lay for 2-3 weeks before going broody. The most viable eggs are up to 7-10 days old. If you keep collecting eggs and always keep the last 7-10 eggs, you can place them under her once she starts to stay in the nest overnight ( that's my litmus test for a hen committed to being fully broody). Check out threads on storing eggs for setting also.

    Good luck

    Ct
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by