Bantam Cochin question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Jacklynn, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. Jacklynn

    Jacklynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    At what age do Bantam Cochins start to hget that big, full look ? Do they go through teenage stages, where they look gangly and weird ? If so, what age does this happen?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    I would say probably 6-8 months of age you can really tell a good cochin from a bad one. I believe this is the age you should start seeing the difference in them.
     
  3. Jacklynn

    Jacklynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Alright thanks [​IMG] My girls don't have the Cochin type, they are 3 months, so could I assume it's ganglie stage? They come from nice parents. :O
     
  4. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    yeah I would wait for a while to see. It's like try to evaluate an Ameraucana without a beard or muffs. its hard to get the full picture. So I say sit tight, and post pics of them when they are about 6-7 months.
     
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    On my better quality chicks I can see the round ball shape when they are about 4 weeks old. At 6 weeks they will be stunning and continue to improve. The boys are more likely to go through gangly stages than my girls. However, if anyone shows "leg" I cull right then. I want to see feathers and a round shape like a basketball the entire time they are growing. The boys just may look leaner through the body at 3 months.
    This one is 3 months and still too lean for my tastes. She needs more roundness to her but she is a project bird so I can let that pass for now in order to improve the pattern.
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    This is 6 weeks and I am not thrilled with the shape at all.
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    This is 6 months and I was very skeptical of him as a youngster.
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    This is a 4 month old roo. He was always fabulous and matured great. This is what I like to see on my boys and girls should be better than this as far as shape.
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    This girl was shaped like this from 2 months on up. I like to see this on my birds.
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    Hope this helps you with what you are seeing on yours.
     
  6. Jacklynn

    Jacklynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow Nadine some of those are really nice birds ! Mine are failing majorly. I'll hang onto them though to see how they turn out !

    Thanks everyone !
     
  7. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Well, of course! Cochins are sweet by nature and no matter how they look, they are still great. I was just trying to give you an idea about what some could look like at certain ages.

    Don't ever give up on them. They are the best![​IMG]
     

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