Rooster making nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RockyToggRanch, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    My sumatra rooster has been "teaching" his new girls the ropes (19 weeks old, brahma, australorp and orpington) while his hen is brooding their 14 babies. Today I gave them a big row of nesting boxes. He jumped in and started making a nest in the hay and making laying sounds. The young hens just looked at him like he was crazy. (I guess I did too.) Is it normal for a rooster to act so motherly to young ones? He's been the mister mom since they were 8 wks old.
  2. ChickyPooh

    ChickyPooh Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    South GA
    I've heard of roos bringing hens food and stuff and even being protective but never very motherly but I'm still a newby to raising chicks
  3. fushalilly

    fushalilly Songster

    Mar 9, 2008
    Rhode Island
  4. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Yes, when they're out in the yard or woods, he'll find a bug and point at it and make noise until one of his girls comes running and eats it. Just the way my momma hen is with her chicks. He makes the exact same sounds to his girls. (other than his crowing.) One of the 19 wk olds turned out to be a rooster and he even takes care of him. They roost together at night and lay in the sun side by side. He does make sure the girls eat before the roo. That's just good manners!

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