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Chicken Breeds item created by Reurra, Jun 14, 2012
Pros - Disposition, variety of colors they're available in, excellent brooders and parents
Cons - Their eggs aren't as big as large fowl, of course. No other cons!
I have had Banty Cochins for several years, and would never want to do without them. They are friendly, beautiful, and great parents. I especially love the Frizzled variety of Banty Cochins, and my favorite hen ever was a Blue Frizzled Banty Cochin (I miss her to this day! RIP Sweetie!), who would mother chicks whether she hatched them or not.
Pros - Sweet, nice, child-friendly, teddy-bears
Cons - small eggs
THE best chicken I could ever get, I have 12 and I love them more than any others.
Pros - Sometimes friendly, great mother
Cons - not very egg productive, mean when broody
I loved my white cochin to pieces wish I still had her. She was my first broody that I've ever had and took great care of her chicks. Didn't lay eggs frequently. About 4 during a 7 day period.
Pros - Calm, cute, easy to tame, feisty, don't eat much
Cons - Slow to mature, frizzles can't get wet, bullied easily
I love my cochin bantams. We got two "frizzles" and one is frizzle and one is smooth. So far the smooth feathered girl is alot more active than the frizzle (i.e., roosting higher, escaping, ranging farther out), but I love them both. They were raised by a broody hen, so mine aren't exactly friendly, but they don't fight being held. They are a great breed for kids or adults. I can't say anything for their laying yet, as mine are still to young, but miss canary's face is getting pretty red, so I will update when they get busy.
EDIT: My smooth feathered girl has started laying now. She is laying an egg two days in a row, break, two days, break. And her eggs are HUMUNGOUS for a chicken her size! They're as big as her head!
Izzy Frizzy hasn't started laying yet, but she seems to be maturing much slower than her sister.
Ans since I'm here, this is what my Frizzy looks like,
And this is the only picture I have uploaded of my Sweet Canary, if that gives you any idea of her personality
Pros - lay quite a few eggs, great mothers, easy to breed, loads of colour varity, hens can mix with rabbits, can be free range, can keep cockerels together,
Cons - small eggs, over protective mothers sometimes, can be flappy, can be aggresive to dogs, have to be at least 3 hens to every cockerel
I find the pekin/cochin are more friendly and cruisous when they are with a cockerel
Pros - pretty
Cons - dos not lay good, small eggs, noisy, cant get wet
they are a good show breed. they are horrible layers and the roosters are very noisy. the can not get wet, but my rooster likes to play in the water.
Pros - Friendly, can be taught tricks, adorable and fluffy, very photogenic
Cons - Matured slowly
I LOVE my Mottled Cochin Bantam, Cookie! She is so adorable, friendly, and lays great. When you extend your arm, she jumps up and perches. She is the only one that will stay on your shoulder while you walk. She also likes to jumps up on your lap when you sit.
Cookie with her sisters:
Cookie, two other bantams, and our rooster:
Pros - Great bird, very friendly, nice disposition, and can be easily taught tricks
Cons - Non
Granted I only have a bantam cochin rooster, but I adore my Frizzle too, I've taught him numerous tricks, and he follows me everywhere
Some people are saying that they can not get wet, and I would just like to say that yes they can get wet, but just like any other chicken they can't get to wet. if you give them the option to go outside or stay in the coop they will usually pick to stay in the coop.
Pros - Garden friendly, beautiful, great mothers, roosters are quiet and friendly, not aggresive.
Cons - none!
I love these birds, I am a real fan of the breed because they do well in backyard/mixed flocks, they love being petted, and the roosters are so friendly, they will even brood the chicks and sit on eggs when the hens are feeding!
Pros - Small, Adorable, Consistant Layer, Surprisingly Hardy
Cons - Not Personable, Dirty Little Beast
Of our flock, this little bird is a surprise all around. We were expecting exactly the opposite of what she is.
Social Features: (3/5, she gets an extra point for being a boss even though she's tiny)
Despite her size, our bantam cochin is a wild little thing and she gets away with it... A lot. The other birds in the flock do not take her seriously but given the chance she will peck them to try and put them in their place (even though she's less than half their size). She doesn't fit in well with the other birds, but she doesn't seem to mind. She is often off doing her own thing, almost purposely doing the opposite of what they do. Recently she's become a bit more involved during feeding but that's about it.
She is a frizzled variety, and thus can't fly, but she is quite flighty. She hates being handled and is the fastest chicken in the flock. But she's just so darned cute and fluffy.
Egg Laying Features: (5/5)
As a bantam, she lays small eggs, but that doesn't slow her down. Having come in expecting broodiness and inconsistencies in laying, she has made it a point to prove us wrong. She began laying quite late (maybe 10 months old) but when she started she started. She gives an egg a day very consistently, she maybe takes a day off every 8-10 days but only a day.
She lays bantam sized 'tinted' eggs, which are adorably much more pink than cream. Tiny pink eggs from a tiny white fluffball.
Climate Features: (3/5)
The dirtiest bird in the flock. Frizzled feathers and boots are probably about as bad as it can get. When it rains, she's soaked. When it's muddy, she's brown from the chest down. When there is snow, she's got snowballs in her boots. When the cold wind blows, you just feel awful for her. A frizzled cochin would probably do better somewhere drier and even a bit warmer, but she's a trooper. Wind, snow, and rain, she is still out there with all the other chickens and, despite not receiving any special treatment for her unique feathers, she's been incredibly hardy.
She had some comb issues that resolved themselves, but has not gotten ill at all despite harsh weather.
PS: This tiny white bird cackles like a witch.