Will a rooster mate with broody hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by muzaffar_ali99, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. muzaffar_ali99

    muzaffar_ali99 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 29, 2010
    Just wanted to know will a rooster mate with a broody or avoid her or anything else? To my observation rooster avoids but i am not sure at all.
  2. Raven81

    Raven81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2010
    Te Anau NZ
    my roo ignores any of our hens that go broody as they are either in the nest box or in a cage to break but he goes after them as soon as they come out.
    this is just my personal observation with my chickens.
  3. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    Mine still try to but the hens reject them instead of accepting [​IMG]
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I've never seen one try. The hens act like the roost or nest is a "safe" place where the roo will leave them alone, and the roos seem to cooperate.

    The roos will sometimes hang around a nest with a hen on it, as if guarding it, or maybe waiting for his chance.
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Quote:Mine sometimes do and mating appears solicited by hen. When a hen leaves nest for daily toilet and feeding away from nest she will often interact with rooster. This occurs most often when a only a single hen paired with rooster. Mating serves no purpose in respect to fertilizing eggs but may enhance paternal investment. Such mating largely stops once hen comes off nest with brood. My observations based on game chickens that are not confined. Rooster mating with hen on or very near nest is likely an artifact of confinement. In other words unnatural behavior promoted by conditions for which birds are not adapted. Such activity can put brood at risk.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2010
  6. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2009
    Fascinating thread. I've never seen a roo mate a broody. I have had only bantam brahma roosters (and hens of various breeds), and have seen them mate only hens that are laying or about to start laying. In fact, I can always tell when a pullet is about to start laying, or a hen about to resume laying in late winter, by watching for rooster's behavior towards her. I've often wondered what triggers him. Is it her behavior? Does she squat more readily when about to start laying? This seems likely, yet the roos seem to "rape" even those hens who do not squat and try to resist, as long as they are laying. Could there be a pheromone that tips him off? Would be unusual in the avian world.

    Further, I've noticed that my roosters preferentially feed hens that are laying or about to start laying. Those not laying often get chased away from tasty morsels. Those boys know what they're doing.

    My chickens are confined in the coop/runs for part of the day and free range for part of it.
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Quote:I think my hens interested in attention of rooster make their body look like a cube by position body feathers and clamp tail feathers into a cylinderical pattern at about 45 degrees from horizontal. May also make a very low grumbling sound. You also have the crouching behavior immediately prior to male doing his thing.
  8. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Well with my boodies they won't let the roos get near the eggs. [​IMG]

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