Blue Barred Cochin?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shelleyb1969, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    This is a pic of a bantam Cochin chick that I hatched out from my own flock of birds. I have NO barred Cochins whatsoever (and never have), so I'm clueless as to where this came from. [​IMG] Maybe the breeder that I bought my hatching eggs from wasn't totally forthcoming with details of his stock? [​IMG] Also, what is my best bet as far as breeding to continue and improve this color pattern? Should I breed him to barred or blue? [​IMG]

    Last edited: Jul 24, 2010
  2. blackclownfish16

    blackclownfish16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    To darken the barring I would mate him with black barred hens and select the best barred chicks and continue to keep black barred in with the blue.

    Did he come from white birds?
  3. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    I agree with breeding to barred....otherwise you will/may lose the pattern. His barring should improve greatly with age, but will still needs lots of work of course. He looks simliar to my Blue Barred Rock boy around that age, and his barring is much better now. I had planned on working on blue barred cochins as I have blue roos and barred hens....just haven't gotten around to it. Feel free to ship his butt here [​IMG]
  4. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    You didnt say what he hatched from. A blue bird? I think probably what happened was the breeder bred him to a barred cochin to improve type, and this shows up every once in awhile [​IMG]

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    Do you or the breeder have White Cochins ? Whites cold be masking barring and if you breed a Blue or Splash to them you could get blue barred birds.
  6. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I don't have white Cochins, but the breeder I hatched my breeder birds from has white frizzle, barred frizzle, and blue (both smooth and frizzle).
  7. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Quote:He probably came out of the barred x blue. I have a gorgeous blue barred hen. Just breed him to barred and you will get both black barred and blue barred offspring.
  8. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I don't have any barred birds...guess I'll start searching for those hatching eggs now. [​IMG]
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    He's a cutie! I love blue barred birds like my BR/Ameraucana, Riley.
  10. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    have a closer look at your columbian hen hackle....

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