Rooster taking part in laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WindyOaksYokes, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    [​IMG] Okay, I have never seen this, so I'm asking you all if this is normal. Here's what happened... I went outside to check on the chickens as I usually do. I saw one of my roosters in the coop up at the boxes... I got closer, he didnt move, I walked in the coop, he didnt move... I finally got to the nest and looked... momma hen was inside. I was like oh goody, another egg... well I decided not to disturb her so I sat back out of the way so that I could see what the rooster was doing... He was actually talking to her... it was like a clicking (kinda like the noise that happens when you put your tongue against the roof of your mouth) and when he made this noise, his butt and tail feathers would shake. It was so funny! He woud do this for about 15 to 30 seconds and stop, turn around and look at me, then he would go back to doing it again to her... at one point he even layed next to her doing this clicking noise... and she answered him... then he jumped down, came over to me, looked at me... and then turned and walked out of the coop (It was like, okay you're here I know she is in good hands so I will leave)... within I would say 3 minutes momma hen layed the egg (i got to see! yeah!!!)... I gave her a few minutes and then went over petted her and told her how proud I was of her and I walked away (went back later and stole egg after she left). What the heck was that rooster doing??? I couldnt help but laugh at him... he reminded me of a husband that is hovering over his wife if the delievery room!!! [​IMG] Here are just a couple of pictures that I was able to take as I'm sure you all do not want me to post all 10 of them LOL

    Momma hen's eggs are getting regular and bigger... she is such a good girl!!! NOW, if I can only get the others to lay [​IMG]
  2. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    What a sweet roo [​IMG] Some of the roos I have had did that. It's like, "hey baby come & lay you egg here" I think it's so cool to see them do that. I had a Turken roo that did that & sat on the eggs for a couple of nights. [​IMG]
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Yep, he's a good one! Suede does that all the time; he even goes into them and sits himself to encourage the ladies, LOL.
  4. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    At least I have one nice rooster... all the others do is attack and I feel so sorry for those hens, especially my barred rocks... I ceriously need to find a home for 10 of them, or we maybe having chicken for dinner a few nights this month. The sad thing is that it is momma hen being attacked the most... I was wondering if it was becuase she is the main hen laying. [​IMG] still nice to know that at least one of my roosters has some manners. [​IMG]
    That is too funny about suede... I guess thats maybe something to look forward too.
    I was glad to get these replies because I was unsure what to think. This is the best site, and the nicest people... Thanks
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    My beautifull BO roo Gin does that sometimes as well. He is such a sweetheart. He sure loves his ladies. And, I have noticed, wen he breeds them, he is very gentle. He is definately a keeper!
  6. nutmeg

    nutmeg In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2007
    My rooster did that with my first hen. He would talk to her and stand beside the nest. Then when she was done they would both stand there and make a ruckus. She would cluck and then he would crow and she would cluck and he would crow. This went on for a few minutes and then they both got down and walked away. They did it everyday. Funniest thing I ever saw.

    I lost her to a predator a few weeks ago and he was devastated. The new chicks want nothing to do with him yet.
    But last night I got him two hens the same age as he is. He is just beside himself.
    I was worried about the transition but so far it has been smooth as glass....famous last words right?!
  7. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:I hope you have the newest hens separated from the rest of your flock. You need to check them for lice, mites and disease before you let them together.
  8. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Thanks all, you have made me feel much better!!! I really didnt think he was there to harm her, but I just didnt know what he was doing. Maybe next time, I will stay farther away and watch to see what happens. Thanks for the replies!


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