This is storey of the start to my Mille Fleur Cochin project!! I plan to up date it periodicly!!! Well here it goes!!!
In May of 2012 I got my first Mille Fleur Cochin. A young cockerel from Lynne at Wingshadows Hacienda in California. He arrived in mid May. I named him Remington. He was quite nervous then but has clamed down to be a gentle loving man.
I was quite dissapionted I didn't have a hen for him so Nancy (Fancy Feathers) offered me some. I got a beautiful hen named Chipper, a young cockerel named Sunshine Roo, and 2 very young pullets, Nancy and Gracie!! (no photos of Nancy and Gracie when they first arrived)
As they all matured I was trying to find a way to get more and a young calico boy!! I went and got some more from Nancy. I got myself a young calico roo named Kipper, a Mille Fleur Mottled hen named Tuba, and a calico hen named Tiffany. Tuba quickly became my favorite MF hen I own. Kipper was just georgous but they all still had lots more maturing to do as they were very young. (No pics of the pullets)
My entire flock matured and was becoming more beautiful. I had a buff cochin hen that I bred with Remington while I waited for my Mf's to start laying!! I got one chick named Keeper. He was very cute and friendly.
So it was October, I had 4 roosters and 5 hens for this project. All the boys were getting along great. I thought I was making great decisions on my project.
Sunshine Roo and Remington are getting quite big. They are beginning to compete for hens. I've started many new Cochin orojects with multiple young cockerels all at the teenage age. I ordered another mille boy from Lynne (wwmicasa1). This boy was a bit younger than Sunshine Roo but old enough to understand what roosters are supposed to do. He was a mille fleur mottled. I named him Geronimo!! I was super excited to have him as his red leakage was just beautifu throughout the black mottled pattern.
I have had Geronimo for about a 3 days and learning my smart decisions weren't so smart after all. I've got fights betwwen all these cockerels free ranging and in breeding pens. Here are phtos after the fight between Peanut Butter (Buff Barred) and Sunshine Roo.
I'm quickly learning I need to sell some boys. I know this but I still have a mottled cockerel and frizzle cchin pullet coming from Amy (WestKnollAmy) at West Knoll Farm though. I named him Roscoe and the pullet Peppermint!
I am constantly having rooster fights. I understand I need to sell. I also needed to set up breeding pens but only 2 of my Mille hens are close to lay out of the 5 pullets. I went and got roosters much to old for my hens. My first boy I decided to sell was Keeper. He was very nice and looking better everyday. I firgured he had the least to offer though. I put him and his other Cochin hatch mates through an auction getting $25 after commision for them at 3 months old.
I'm down to Remington, Sunshine Roo, Geronimo and Kipper.
It is getting to the point where I really need to set up breeding pens. I decide to use Remington as my starting boy for my 2013 hatching season!!! I have moved him, Chipper, and Tuba in a pen together. Chipper started to lay the following day after this setup.
I moved Kipper in a grow-out pen with Gracie, Nancy, and Tiffany. Kipper lost almost all his white. Kipper was becoming a beautiful young mille boy that I'm getting very excited to bred. He is developing type already. Thankfully, Tiffany still has her calico patterned body!!!
I've got Geronimo and Sunshine Roo in cages by themselves. It's really bothering me seeing them by alone. I really like having them here but have more than I can handle and face the facts, they need to go! I was very happy to have them but I don't have the space they need and they aren't meant to be alone in a cage but with in there own flock of hens!! They are still up for sale but are allowed to free range when I'm home.
It's December 22, I've beem collecting Chipper's eggs for the past 3 days to set my first hatch. Really excited!! Sunshine Roo and Geronimo are still not sold. Looking hard to find them a good home!!!
Remington's first snow storm!!! Really excited about my first boy and his future Mille chicks!!
So here I finally found aplace for Sunshine Roo and Geronimo, but, they only lasted about a week in with them before they died to a fox attack. I really liked these boys and now just lostv some great improvements in my breeding. I miss you guys!!!
Remington, Chipper, and Tuba are my beautiful starting breeding trio for 2013!!
My first chick from Chipper and Remington hatched January 18, 2013!!
Peppermint is a young frizzle hen I will be using to create mille fleur frizzles!!
I will use my mottled boy Roscoe from Amy Philip's at West Knoll Farm to increase the type in my Mille Fleurs just as soon as my 3 younger pullets ( Gracie, Nancy, and Tiffany) beginn to lay.
I have 6 MF chicks so far this year. They are all out of Chipper and Sunshine Roo. The oldest one, is turning out to be a calico cockerel I have named Henry. the others are all 3 weeks younger and were born on February 11.
and 3 of 5 of the younger chicks-
Here is Remington, Chipper, Tuba, and Peppermint.
Here is Henry and the younger chicks.
ALL of this years chicks (except for Toby) have been killed in multiple weasel attacks. They will be missed greatly. Also in these attacks we lost Gracie and a mottled pullet. Here are the last photos of them. Henry was going to be great-
Here are some new pics of Roscoe, Kipper, Chipper. and Tiffany.
As of mid May- I have chicks growing up from Lynne of WIngshadows Hacienda, A couple Rem and Tuba chicks, along with a couple Rem and Chipper chick. I now also have Peppermint, Gracie, and laying and in a breeding pen with Rem. Both Chipper and Tuba are broody. Chipper had 6 chicks hatch but lost 3. Here are some new pics of the flock-
Nigus- from Lynne
2 pullets hatched from Lynne
Little cockerel from Lynne
Fudge- Rem and Tuba's first chick- little cockerel
Kipper and Tiffany's first chick- Was killed when a free ranging hen broke in the coop
Yellow spotted chick- last one hatched in bator from Rem and Chipper
Rafael- Rem and Tuba chick
Chipper and her chicks
My favorite of Chippers chicks
Pullet from Lynne
2nd pullet from Lynne
Rafael and yellow hatchmate
My newest guy Max. Thanks Nancy for giving me this amazing rooster!
THANKS FOR READING MY STORY THIS FAR!!!! I WILL UPDATE IT PERIODICLY!!!!