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Brahma or cochin???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Jdc361, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. Jdc361

    Jdc361 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was wondering if I should get a brahma or cochin?!!! Why? Is there anything different between buff brahma and light brahma besides color?!
     
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There really is no difference between them unless they are bantam and Large fowl differences in which it'd be size. Really the only difference should be color, although some people make it seem like more.

    Are you only getting one? If not why not get both? You won't have to choose.
     
  3. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My brahmas have always been calmer and more friendly. Color won't really make a difference.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    There is no difference between Buff and Light Brahmas other than the color variation. I've had both Brahmas and Cochins over the years and which is better depends on what you want in a chicken. Both are huge birds with very calm and gentle temperaments. My children made lap pets of both breeds. The Brahmas seem to be a little quieter breed although neither of them are noisy (as chickens go). Brahmas are better layers, but Cochins are usually the superior brooders and mothers. As Twistedfeather suggested, perhaps you could get both breeds. They will mix well together. Hope this helps.
     
  5. Jdc361

    Jdc361 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok is there any temperate difference between the bantams and standard size?!
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Not in my experience. I've had both and the standard sized ones have been just as gentle as the bantams. I've often referred to them in posts as gentle giants.
     
  7. Jdc361

    Jdc361 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then I'm going with a light brahma!!
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    The first breed I ever had were Light Brahmas (about 50 years ago). :eek:)
     
  9. big medicine

    big medicine custom Brahmas

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    I think the large fowl Brahmas tend to be gentler across the board, where as the little ones can be a bit fiester, in some lines. In a cold weather climate the Brahmas are much less likely to have any frostbite issues than Cochins.
     
  10. Jdc361

    Jdc361 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok sounds good
     

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