Are Cochins too Broody if you don't want new chicks?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by JenniferC, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. JenniferC

    JenniferC Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    I can't have a rooster and we probably won't be wanting any chicks (at least not often at all)- so would it be a big mistake to get a cochin? Anyone else have cochins a part of a very small flock with no plans to hatch any chicks?
  2. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

    Feb 17, 2007
    I have bantam cochins. They started to lay a 5 months and started sitting eggs at 6 mo. and have not stopped. I have to put them in a wire rabbit cage to break their broodiness. I had 2 sit the same nest in Feb when temps were in the single digits and below. They hatched out 10 little chicks. If I take the chicks from a hen she will find more eggs to sit and hatch them out too. I have 2 bators going all the time but WHY? I have 2 hens and chicks in the barn now and 2 hens sitting eggs. I just took a hen out of the rabbit cage that had hatched 2 sets of eggs and was ready to start on the third. Well, have I answered your question? I have to admit though, I have never had a standard cochin. I don't know if they are as bad as bantam.
  3. JenniferC

    JenniferC Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    Quote:Oh, I think they probably are.

    I ordered 2 BR's and 2 cochins, planning to give 2 away if they all live. Right now we have a BR and a brahma. We love em both, though the BR is healthier. Now faced with the reality of chicken care, a simple sturdy dependable laying breed like Barred Rocks sound very nice. Cochins might be sweety, but I don't know if I'm prepared to deal with broodiness all the time.
  4. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    I have 2 Cochins Hens 1 trys to sit on eggs from time to time other one has never been broody!
  5. M.J

    M.J Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    i have btm and std and have to say the btm are more perisitant at brooding but std's brood very well too but if you cant have a rooster you cant have chicks:/

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