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Ok guys, so I was sold these chicks as cochin hens. Was told they aren't large breed, but that's it. I'm guessing now that they're bantams since they are NOT growing. Any guessses?
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Those are not Cochins, because they have a different body shape and have a beard & muffs. Those are Blue and Golden Neck d'Uccle pullets.

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

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Those are not Cochins, because they have a different body shape and have a beard & muffs. Those are Blue and Golden Neck d'Uccle pullets.

I agree; both d'Uccles. Beautiful birds. :o)

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Huh…okay then. Second question - I have a mixed flock, should these guys be okay? Will they be okay outside throughout the winter?

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I've not owned D'uccles, so others may have personal experience with that particular breed, but I do own bantam Cochins and Silkies.

 

It depends on your weather. The good news, the feathered feet help protect their feet from the elements like snow. The bad news, their feathered feet really get mucked up with mud and gunk which can be a recipe for bumble foot, and being so low the the ground, their underbellies likewise become a muddy mess.

 

The little bantams can be picked and hazed by a large fowl flock, and they are slower to predators.

 

Thus I tend to keep my bantams separate in their own pen (especially since I use them as my brooding stable), keep them on bark chips (really helps keep the mud balls down), and provide choice of open sky (under hawk netting) or covered run. Usually they are acting like chickens pretty oblivous to the elements, but also happier in their own space.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Originally Posted by Lady of McCamley View Post
 

I've not owned D'uccles, so others may have personal experience with that particular breed, but I do own bantam Cochins and Silkies.

 

It depends on your weather. The good news, the feathered feet help protect their feet from the elements like snow. The bad news, their feathered feet really get mucked up with mud and gunk which can be a recipe for bumble foot, and being so low the the ground, their underbellies likewise become a muddy mess.

 

The little bantams can be picked and hazed by a large fowl flock, and they are slower to predators.

 

Thus I tend to keep my bantams separate in their own pen (especially since I use them as my brooding stable), keep them on bark chips (really helps keep the mud balls down), and provide choice of open sky (under hawk netting) or covered run. Usually they are acting like chickens pretty oblivous to the elements, but also happier in their own space.

 

LofMc


I have owned D'Uccles, and I agree completely with LofMc's advice. :o)

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Those are not Cochins, because they have a different body shape and have a beard & muffs. Those are Blue and Golden Neck d'Uccle pullets.

I agree.

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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