Rooster in Front of Nest Box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by antiqsolo, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. antiqsolo

    antiqsolo In the Brooder

    Sep 28, 2016
    Hey all,

    My new roo, Midnight, is currently in the coop, crouched in front of the nest box. There's a hen in there (she seems quite content, same hen I think who tried going broody a couple weeks ago), I think she is trying to lay her egg. He doesn't seem to be bothering her at all. I'm wondering.. is he trying to convince her to go broody? Or is he waiting to eat the egg? He softly growls at me when I try to go near.

  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    My guess is that she may be going broody, and he's standing guard. Good roo, as long as he doesn't go overboard into human aggression when protecting her. My roo is quite the family man, scouting out nest boxes, and escorting his girls to/from the nest when they are out free ranging. He loves his babies, tid bits them, and lets them pick bits of food off his beak and wattles.
  3. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Yes, some roos are very domestic. I've had several that like to join a hen in the nest, fluffing it up for her, rooting for her to lay her egg. The other day, my current rooster Strawberry was in the nest with two hens. A chicken threesome. [​IMG]

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