I have a roughly 2 year old Buff Orpington rooster. I bought him about a year ago and put him in with my 8 RIR hens. This summer my hens laying declined quite a bit (they were about 2 1/2 years old) so I caught them all and gave them to a neighbor. (I was going to put them in the freezer but I still have quite a few in the freezer from a batch I hatched out specifically for meat. My neighbor wanted them for the few eggs they still were laying so off they went.) This left my rooster alone for a few days before I bought replacement hens. I started finding him often in the nest boxes, middle of the day when he could be out free ranging. I had never seen him there before. I chalked it up to being lonely and maybe traumatized? (if that's possible for a chicken) I brought in 8 Buff Orp. hens that should be laying in a few weeks. He was very excited, did his wing, circle, dancing routine and went about life. All is well except I still find him often in the nest boxes. What is his deal? I'd be inclined to think that maybe it was just comfortable and that was his reason, but it's hot still here (MS) and the hen house is much warmer (despite all windows being open) than outside in the shade. He's panting while sitting in there while the hens are comfortably sitting in the shade outside not panting. I don't guess there's any reason to be concerned, it just seems like such odd behavior.