Rooster Tends Juvenile Offspring Much Longer Than Hen Tends Chicks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by centrarchid, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I have been watching a free ranging game rooster very closely as he interacts with his free ranging flock. Male offspring have been crowing for about 2 weeks now yet he still provides food and stands between them and threats (hawks). He also drives off other birds when at feeding stages but allows his own offspring to remain. Has anyone observed similar? I would very much like to have similar social arrangement with red and grey jungle fowls to see how they compare to be meanest breed out their.
     
  2. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't know about chickens or other birds but my male cockatiel tends his babies way past the time that they can feed themselves. Mom pretty much ignores them but Dad is ever vigilant.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Lots of monogomous birds do same. Mocking birds, catbirds, robins plus likely many others are examples.
     

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