Rooster mating broody hen in nest

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One or my roosters keeps mating my broody hen in the nest.
I haven't put eggs under her yet and I'm guessing they may break if I do put eggs under her.
I have my nest in a communal area so they can hatch and raise chicks in the flock but it is possible I could fence her off but then she would only have a tiny space with food/water and no dust bathing or hardly any room to poop!

How do I get the rooster to stop mating her on the nest?

This is the nests 2 mins ago, with Cookie rooster mating Smokey in the nest, yet again!
...also I see tonight he sleeps WITH her IN the nest
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Either separate the male or the broody.
I have just added him to the flock 2 days ago... Do you think he will always have this behaviour?- mate hens even if nesting?
Would I have to always have him separate or broody hens separate? That will not work well for me as I will be having broody hens often.
 

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I have just added him to the flock 2 days ago... Do you think he will always have this behaviour?- mate hens even if nesting?
That could be the reason he's mounting her, he's establishing his dominance.
For now I'd separate him....until a couple weeks after the broody has hatched her chicks.

Would I have to always have him separate or broody hens separate? That will not work well for me as I will be having broody hens often.
Then you should set up an enclosure within the coop for broodies, big enough for nest, feed, water, and pooping.
 
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That could be the reason he's mounting her, he's establishing his dominance.
For now I'd separate him....until a couple weeks after the broody has hatched her chicks.


Then you should set up an enclosure within the coop for broodies, big enough for nest, feed, water, and pooping.
It was 1 degree Celsius last night so she probably liked Cookie snuggling up keeping her warm in the nest ☺️
I have set up a broody area in the past but it's so much easier to just have them hatch and raise in the flock..
Today I'll take out the nest boxes and close off that coop area for Smokey then add her eggs 🐣
 
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I have moved the nest boxes and given broody eggs in her own temp mini coop area so she can brood in peace for now.
The hens probably won't like the open style nest boxes now they are outside that little darker area, hopefully they will adjust and won't lay in random spots all over the coop!
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One or my roosters keeps mating my broody hen in the nest.
I haven't put eggs under her yet and I'm guessing they may break if I do put eggs under her.
I have my nest in a communal area so they can hatch and raise chicks in the flock but it is possible I could fence her off but then she would only have a tiny space with food/water and no dust bathing or hardly any room to poop!

How do I get the rooster to stop mating her on the nest?

This is the nests 2 mins ago, with Cookie rooster mating Smokey in the nest, yet again!
...also I see tonight he sleeps WITH her IN the nest
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Separate out the male. He is taking advantage of the female and misinterpreting her broody spread as a mating-ready squat. Something has not clicked in his brain, and it could discourage hens from brooding and harm/squidh eggs and chicks. The hen needs access and space, the rooster not so much.
A good rooster keeps everyone in the flock safe, from eggs to chicks to hens.
 

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Wouldn't he just go back this mating thing when I add him back in?
Maybe, but maybe not.

If you put him in a pen alone but next to the flock, he can start to feel like part of the flock.
Or if you leave him with the other hens, and separate the broody, he will also start to feel like part of the flock.

If mating with the broody is only happening because he is new, then he should stop trying when he is used to being there and familiar with all the hens. If it continues even after he's settled in, you might consider whether he's really the right rooster for your flock or whether you would be better off with a different rooster.
 

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