I had our local feedery order these Partridge Cochin Chicks (2 Hens and 1 Roo)
from Murray McMurray for me. The owner received this "Rare Exotic" free and
wasn't sure he could sell it to his regular clientele, so he gave it to me for free. I
am fairly certain Bei is a Cochin (same head shape, feathered legs & feet). The
Partridge Cochins are 1 week today, and I assume Bei is 2-3 days older.
After going through TONS of Cochin Chicks pictures, I have narrowed the possibility
of coloring down to Splash or Blue (I originally thought white, but it has turned much
more grey in the past couple of days and it's wing feathers are coming in almost
white with a dark lacing on some).
I've seen a lot of people owning both Splash and Blues, so I was wondering if any of
remember when yous were itty bitty and possibly any guesses as to what color I
could expect. I'm truly hoping for a Hen, as a Rooster will most likely end up on the
dinner table. And it just looks too beautiful to roast.
Also, I ordered Standards, but they seem to be maintaining a very small size in the
week I've had them. When do they start really growing? I'm used to raising Ducks that
in the first week double and then some in size. These guys seem to be slow growing.
Is it possible I got Bantams, or am I just paranoid for no reason? :) Thanks Ya'll!!