Rooster nesting?! - Strange parenting!

kyle142

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 3, 2011
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Today I followed a hen accross the road who had a nest of 19 eggs, I took her back to the coop and put those eggs in the nest in hopes she would stay there, that didn't work ofcourse.
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Here's the strange thing, My Australorp rooster made a nest,separated some ferns in a corner between a water tank and a retaining wall.. he dug a bit and made a nest out of the ferns and grass there.

He then began to call profusely in-till all the hens gathered, He then moved aside and let a hen in where she sat for a while and layed an egg... she moved away.. rooster made more sounds and then the hens switched over... all 4 hens laid an egg in the same spot co-ordinated by the rooster in the nest he made..
Sounds like a family man
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In all the years of having chickens i've never seen such behaviour!
 

centrarchid

Crossing the Road
12 Years
Sep 19, 2009
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Holts Summit, Missouri
I have seen it a couple times over last year. Somehow hen ellicits behavior in rooster. Once she commits to a spot he stops. Apparently not all roosters do otherwise more observations would be reported.
 

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