Rooster sitting on eggs????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nizzletripe, May 8, 2010.

  1. Nizzletripe

    Nizzletripe In the Brooder

    May 30, 2009
    I'm a newbie chicken owner, a little less than a year. I have 2 roosters, one New Hampshire Red and one Dominique. I also have 4 Dominique hens. My question is, Do roosters sit on eggs? Our younger rooster (8 months old), sits on the eggs after our hens have laid them. He ususally sits on them for about a half hour then leaves the coop to free range. I collect the eggs after that, so I don't know if he would want to go back and sit on them. Just curious:)
  2. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    He is trying to get the girls to go in there and sit on the eggs. He is letting them know it is a nice nest ready for them. [​IMG] Some roos will sit on eggs for a few minutes once a broody hen gets up to stretch, eat and drink. He is trying to be a good roo. [​IMG]
  3. krazycow6

    krazycow6 Songster

    May 26, 2009
    Zephyrhills, FL
    What an amazing Daddy you have!! [​IMG]
  4. branston

    branston Chirping

    May 23, 2011
    I have the same thing happening! For those who remember, we hatched 15 chickens April 1st and ended up with 9 roos! Found REALLY good homes for 7 of our boys and kept two (have now added more hens.....18 to two roos). Lola and Carol (I know.....poor boys being stuck with girl's names!) seem to favor the same hen, however, Lola seems to win the hen over and she follows him around all over the yard etc. She has just laid her third egg...... first one by the ramp in the run, 2nd in a corner in the coop and third, right in the middle of the coop?? The second one in the corner is the one that the roo was sitting on. The hen was in their with him, standing beside him. I have 6 nest boxes in there and I can see that someone has been in all of them so why is she laying in these strange places?
    I also have 6 Silkies and one (Big Mama or Tina Turner) has just laid her first two eggs over the last two days. My kids had them fried for breakfast and said they tasted better than the hen eggs!
    Does anyone else have Silkies? If so, do you let them free range with the other hens? I would love to let mine free range but we're pretty rural and I'm terrified of something getting them. My other chickens have been free ranging for the last 3 weeks and we haven't had any problems as yet.
    Many thanks
  5. sunnysongbird

    sunnysongbird Chirping

    Jul 20, 2011
    awww [​IMG] he's going to be a great daddy to your chicks! [​IMG]
  6. ChickenLove123

    ChickenLove123 Songster

    Mar 7, 2011
    That IS sweet. I think he's comfortable with his feminine side. <3
  7. LittleFarmInWV

    LittleFarmInWV In the Brooder

    Jul 30, 2011
    We have a barred rock that sits on the nest the same way. I thought it was really strange but I just searched and found out a couple of people have posted about theirs doing it too, so that's a relief. My hen has laid elsewhere 4 days in a row now and he's been chasing her in the coop and sitting in the boxes all night. This morning he was sitting on top of her in the box! So maybe he's going to force her to start laying in the boxes. We'll see if it works.
  8. suewtsn

    suewtsn In the Brooder

    Jul 16, 2013
    Strathmore, Alberta
    My rooster does the same with my one that has started laying.
  9. ellake

    ellake In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2014
    I have 5 hens and my rooster has now started following my top of the pecking order hen when she lays and then when she leaves he sits on it. The hen doesn't seem broody though! He also guards her like everytime she is trying to lay her egg. I've not seen him do this with other hens.
  10. Jcbdc

    Jcbdc In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2014
    Where do you think the term "hen pecked" came from???:bow
    Mathlovertk2 and Luv2laf like this.

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