Rooster with gender identity issues

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by narrowgate, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. narrowgate

    narrowgate Hatching

    Apr 17, 2010
    So... has anyone else had a rooster sit in the nesting box? I was in the coop checking for eggs and Chicken Joe just walked right into the nesting box and plopped down like he was going to lay an egg. Other times he will make the cackling sounds like a hen. I thought that a hen had just laid an egg, so I walked over to check and it was Chicken Joe again. Hmmm....

    I'm not concerned, I think it's just funny. He is still doing his manly job and I'm getting lots of fertilized eggs, but it's just weird!

    If I can figure out how to post pics, I'll put one of him on.

  2. BigRednRock

    BigRednRock In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2010
    i have a dominique roo that does this. he tries to crow it doesn't work. he's kindof a sissy.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    No gender identity issues just normal rooster behavior. He is inspecting the nest and encouraging the hens to lay there. Usually they will scratch, turn around and call the hens with a particular sound.
  4. Gerbil

    Gerbil Oh, Crazy!

    Jun 24, 2010
    We had a Cochin rooster named Squigie that made nests, all of the time.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2010
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    My lav silkie does-he hogs the nesting box and his women cant get in there!
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    It's perfectly normal.

    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
    - Hamlet (1.5.166-7), Hamlet to Horatio

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