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Rooster likes the corner

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nonnie195, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. Nonnie195

    Nonnie195 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have tried to do some research, but I am unable to find anything. My rooster likes to go to corners and make deep "clucky" sounds. (I don't know of any other way to describe it.) He kinda hunkers down and continues making the noise for several minutes before leaving the corner. Any thoughts
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I wonder if he thinks he is encouraging his hens to lay, perhaps saying, look, this is a good nesting spot. Some of them will do this.
     
  3. Nonnie195

    Nonnie195 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of the hens has laid two eggs there, but as far as I can tell, the others are laying in the nesting boxes. (They just started so I am not sure who is actually laying.) When Solomon makes the noises and goes to the corners, a couple of the hens go over there. The funny thing is that when I first got chickens, all eight turned out to be boys. (I don't think the old-timers knew what they were talking about.) Anyway, one of the cocks did the same thing. There was one corner in particular that he really liked. When we gave him away, another one did it. It is so weird because I did not even have any girls at that time.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Chicken watching never ceases to be interesting! Just as a hen will sometimes sort of take over the role of rooster in an all hen flock, maybe the males were trying in their own way to take over the female role. Odd, anyway!
     
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  5. Nonnie195

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    Update. We had to put down the hen that laid the two eggs. She had an impacted crop and was literally starving herself. The vet said that because of her size and plumage, it was hard to notice. Also, without going into a lot of detail, the vet said that she, as well as most of my other ones in that breed, seem to have some structural problems with there crop. So, beside trying to get ahold of them in the morning before they eat to feel of their crop, I watch to see if they open their mouths and stretch out their neck as this indicates problems with emptying their crop.

    As I think about my rooster, King Solomon, I know it sounds funny, but I think that he was preparing a place for her to lay her egg. Whether or not it is what was happening, it is a nice thought that he was trying to take care of her since she could not get in the nesting boxes.
     

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