the...nesting box!?!?!?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BreezeCrestChickens, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. BreezeCrestChickens

    BreezeCrestChickens Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 18, 2011
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    So my EE roo seems to like sitting the nesting box...clucking happily away. He'll sit up and move the hay around, throw it over himself like a hen, squat down and hum and cluckle. Its weird. I've seen him do it 2-3 times now...nobody else I talk to has had that happen! I wish I had pictures for everyone [​IMG] Seems everytime he does it, I don't have my phone or the camera on me!!!! GRRRR! I'll catch him one of these days...just has anyone had this happen to them? Gender curiosity? Or gender confusion (hehe)? He doesn't sit on the eggs though. Leaves that to the hens.
  2. stonykill

    stonykill Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 16, 2010
    Canaan Ny
    Quote:my free range Sumatra Roo;'s will sometimes make nests for their hens. Sometimes the hen uses them, sometimes she doesn't. But I've seen them do it many times!
  3. rungirl

    rungirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    I have seen my Marans rooster get into the nest with a hen who was trying to lay. I thought that was weird. Not sure what he was doing... coaching or mating?
  4. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    Mine do it too. So funny.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2011
  5. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    He's showing the hens a good safe place to lay. My roosters do it all the time.
  6. SmartyChick

    SmartyChick An Official Milkmaid

    Oct 19, 2009
    Sullivan County NY
    One of our boys does that, exactly how you described it. It is completely normal. He is just finding and making a safe nest for his ladies, like the good hubby he is. Not to worry, you don't have a transgender rooster, just a sweet one. [​IMG]
  7. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Quote:I agree, he is just showing them how to use the boxes and where to lay
  8. BasicallyHeather

    BasicallyHeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2011
    Lowellville, Ohio
    My roo does the same thing. He escorts our hen (we have other girls, too, who aren't laying yet) into the coop and often hangs out on the ramp while she is in the nest box, or makes a nest for himself next to the nest box and stays there while she lays. I tell him that he's a good boy, even though he's abandoning the other four girls to watch over his favorite! He is a very good roo, though [​IMG] My daughter says that he is our hen's "labor coach." Ha!
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  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    I was grooming the horses today and I heard Stan the Man cackling the egg song along with the gals. Should have seen the expression on the horses' face! I peeked in the window and there was Stan trying his best to fit in a nest box without messing up his tail feathers. [​IMG] Of course when he sees my face he backs out and pretends he was never there.
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  10. corgiscatsandchickens

    corgiscatsandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2011
    Quote:Same here! My BR roo is sooooo funny! He doesn't want to get caught!

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