Rooster Egg-laying?!?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Equest94, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. Equest94

    Equest94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Um... this morning I went to check on the chickens and collect our eggs and came across quite an unusual sight (at least I think it's odd). Our roo decided to nestle in one of our hen's [empty] nesting boxes and proceeded to act as if he was about to lay. He would gather the straw around him, fluff is feathers, scoot his bum deeper into the box, and with tail sticking straight up in the air would cluck very contently. When approached [and "poked" a bit], he would puff up and scream/growl at me (just as my hen did when she went broody). About 2 hours later when I walked by their coop again, he seemed to have given up and got off the nest.

    Is this normal behavior for a rooster? Was he actually trying to lay or is this just something I'm assuming? AND YES...it is a rooster for sure, not a hen...this boy has a very loud pair of lungs at 4:30am. [​IMG]
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jealous rooster! Ours does the same thing! [​IMG]
     
  3. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    Perhaps he was trying to tell the ladies what a nice, comfy nest it was, and that they should hurry up and provide him with some offspring! [​IMG]
     
  4. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]
     
  6. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your roo is ok
     
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    He's checking to make sure the nest is satisfactory for his girls.
     
  8. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    My roo has done similar things, and I've caught him sitting next to the hens while they do their thing... he's just being a nice guy!
     
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    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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