QOne of my hens is broody and sitting on eggs. My rooster, however, has taken to literally pacing up and down outside of the coop as though he is an expectant father. The broody is his ‘favourite’ hen. Is this normal behaviour for a rooster?
AJulie Moore says: It is quite common to see roosters providing a ‘supporting role,’ some more than others.
Whilst there are reports of roosters actually incubating eggs and raising chicks, none of the roosters that I’ve had have gone this far.
However, I did have one rooster who acted as you describe. When the chicks hatched, although they were raised by the broody, he would sleep in the same area and during the daytime would show them all the best spots for finding good food and dustbathing and would stand guard as they ate and bathed. The chicks loved to jump on his back and peck his comb and wattles, which he never grumbled about!
When the chicks hatch, do monitor the situation just in case he becomes aggressive towards the broody and chicks and needs to be separated. Hopefully, your rooster will be an attentive father and you’ll have a fun adventure.
This cockerel keeps a fatherly eye on his chicks.
He is also content to let them play on his back!