Rooster in Nest Box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jharper, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Jharper

    Jharper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Found my rooster in the nest box, and he started clucking calling the girls over and one hopped in there. I was just wondering what was he doing?
     
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  2. marvun22

    marvun22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is it cold around there? the box might seem warm to him. also he might be curious because he always sees his ladies in there.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    He was saying, "Hey, look at this place. It would be a good safe place for you to start a clutch." Sort of the flockmaster version of preparing a baby's bedroom.
     
  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rooster often checks out things to eat, then calls the hens over to eat it. He might have just been checking it out for her.

    Chris
     
  5. snowstar5

    snowstar5 Out Of The Brooder

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    please go to new posts and look for my name
     
  6. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a rooster (buff orp, so not a small fella at all), who routinely takes his girls to the nest boxes and carries on -- even singing the egg song. I dunno, maybe one of his "harem" isn't laying eggs and he is trying to entice her. Silly boy, looks really funny in that tiny nest box!
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    This on the mark. A hen coming into lay behaves differently making dominant rooster inclined to behave as yours did. Behavioral change in hen is at least partially a vocalization. Rooster is suggesting a location that is good for chick survival and that he knows about. With my free-ranging birds the rooster takes a role in brood care by distracting predators and knowing where nest is helps him with that.
     
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  8. Jharper

    Jharper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well my new EE pullet has not started laying yet, but it should be anyway now. Do you think this is why?
     
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Rooster's behavior is indicative of somebody getting ready to start laying.
     
  10. LoveChickens123

    LoveChickens123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    don't worry mine does the same thing
     

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