Rooster Has Adopted Older Chicks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickapee, May 23, 2017.

  1. Chickapee

    Chickapee In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2017
    Castle Rock, CO
    IMG_4858.JPG IMG_4859.JPG IMG_4860.JPG We have a rooster that is sweet and enjoys people. He even jumps onto our shoulder when we go into their enclosure. This spring, we bought three chicks to add to the flock. Our broody hen raised them for a few weeks, but it appears that he has now taken over. I observed him staying very close to them pretty consistently during the day, but we just peeked into the coop tonight and saw that the hen has returned to the perch and he's in the nesting box, cuddling the chicks. It's as if he's gone broody.

    Another strange note: Days after we got these chicks, they were stolen from another hen. So this looks to me like they're on their third mom.
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Got my Puppy

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    That's a good rooster. The good ones look after chicks and try to feed them. I haven't had one try to brood them yet. What a good boy.
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  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    That is very cool. Somewhere I read the Romans used broody roosters for commercial chick rearing as they had to free-range rear. Red Jungle Fowl roosters do not appear to get broody but Gray Jungle Fowl may. Latter in ancestry of domestic chickens also. Our game roosters got broody frequently and I suspect strongly is had significant impacts on chick survival.

    Below is account I made a couple years back on a broody rooster kept free-range around house.

    Will be repeating this summer to make video of something really cool roosters do when broody.
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    My Brahma Rooster loves all the Chicks my Broody Hens have raised...Once the Hen weans them Lester also gives them cuddles...If free ranging and something flies over head he Calls the alarm and all the Chicks run for the coop with Lester right on their heals..He then stands guard at the coop door and will cluck to let them know is safe to come back
    You have a great Rooster.....

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  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    What a good boy! My roo loves his babies! He tid bits them, and lets them pick food bits off his wattles and beak. He finds the best nests for his girls, and when I had a broody hen, he would often sit with her.
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  6. HenOnAJuneBug

    HenOnAJuneBug Crowing

    May 20, 2015
    I'm envious...
  7. Chickapee

    Chickapee In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2017
    Castle Rock, CO
    That's great that it's a "thing" some roosters do! I feel better that there's not something wrong :p I know roosters can be hit or miss, but he seems to take after his dad. We rescued him from another place that didn't want him anymore but he was so nice that they didn't want him to meet a bad fate. Just a couple of mutts, but they're keepers.

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