Rooster nesting?! - Strange parenting!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kyle142, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. kyle142

    kyle142 In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2011
    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. [​IMG]

    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 [​IMG]

    In all the years of having chickens i've never seen such behaviour!
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    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.
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    That's a really great story [​IMG] Must have been so fun to watch!

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