So touching, I almost cried

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by basicliving, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    I have a Phoenix rooster named Bobby Lee. He's the same age as my Silver Gray Dorking roo, Duke - but Duke is clearly the alpha rooster. Bobby Lee has always loved a couple of my White Faced Black Spanish hens - and they seem to love him. You rarely see Bobby Lee without one or two of the Black Spanishes with him.

    Well a couple of hours ago, I went into the coop to check for eggs, and Bobby Lee was in there with two Black Spanishes. They were ALL digging out a nest in the corner of the coop. My Black Spanishes are late bloomers and had never laid an egg, so I just thought they were chilly and trying to snuggle up together. (It's cold and rainy here today). But Bobby Lee was making a strange noise - sort of like something between a growl and a purr. And he was doing it constantly. I was a little worried that he was breathing funny, but when I touched him he would stop. And then start back up again. All three of them piled into the corner where they had been digging that nest - and Bobby Lee was still making that odd noise.

    I left them alone and went back about 20 minutes later to check on them because I never saw them come out of the coop. Well, it was indeed a nest they were building - and one of the Spanishes was grunting very hard, trying to get her first egg out. Bobby Lee was standing there right next to her. I sat on the floor next to them and a few minutes later, she finally popped the egg out. The other Spanish was clearly nesting as well, so I picked her up and put her in a nest box. She laid her egg in there a couple of minutes later.

    Bobby Lee never left their side. He didn't come out until both of the Spanishes went into the yard. It was really sweet. I know some will say that chickens don't have emotions - but I know that Bobby Lee is really attached to these 2 hens and seemed very anxious as they were getting ready to lay - he wouldn't even leave their side!

    Anyway, the whole thing was so sweet to me, and I wanted to share it. Does anyone else have a rooster that is obviously in love with a hen or two?

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  2. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Awwwww...that is SOOOO sweet!!!! [​IMG] Thanks for sharing! I love reading stories like that! [​IMG]
  3. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
    How sweet! You will have to give him an extra treat tonight! I hope when mine get big enough, I have a roo like Bobby Lee.
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Awwwww, what a good boy!

  5. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    I only have hens, but I just wanted to say "awww"... what a great thing to be able to watch. Bobby Lee sounds like a real gem!
  6. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    I had the sweetest roo once myself. He took such good care of his girls!
  7. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    aint that cool !!
    i have a big leghorn,, that has many girlfriends,, but 1 wife,, when its time for her to lay, he goes in, makes her nest, then stands guard at the door,, NOONE is allowed in till she is done!!
    ya chickens have emotions,, just like every animal [​IMG]

  8. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I had a roo that recently passed away, completely unexpectedly. He was just a mutt EE, but a REAL sweetheart, and he had a few that he would stand guard over when they were laying, too. I never saw him "make a nest" for them, as mine lay in nest boxes. But, it was awfully cute when he'd do that. I miss my boy. [​IMG]
  9. danamillette

    danamillette Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    Makes me want a Roo for my girls to love....

  10. Bex

    Bex Songster

    Oct 12, 2008
    Aw, that is so sweet. Better than some men I know. [​IMG]

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