Roosters naturally play a hands-off role as parents, rarely interacting with their offspring directly, but upon seeing the helpless babies so desperate for their mom, the Oostenbrinks' rooster evidently decided to step into her role.
"He suddenly got involved," said Dan. "He started finding bugs and dropping them in front of the chicks, feeding them. He leads them to water, protects them and shelters them. He's abandoned his normal roosting place to keep the chicks covered with his body at night. I've never seen a rooster behave like this before, like a hen. It's pretty amazing."
Not only has the rooster embraced his new role of mom in action, he's adopted a motherly tone as well.
"He's even started making these distinctive clucking noises, just like their mom had. They all come running around him."