brahmas vs cochins??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BackyardCountry, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. BackyardCountry

    BackyardCountry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2011
    My Own Little World....
    so...whats the difference? is there any difference in the eggs? behavior? what is the rate of lay for both chickens? does anyone have any pictures of the actual chickens and their eggs separately? thanks!
  2. Tressa27884

    Tressa27884 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    Cooper, Texas
    the breed index will answer most of your questions. I have both, and both are really nice friendly birds, but my light Brahma is the nicest hen I have. I love her!
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've had both. I only have two brahmas now, a buff and a light. In my experience, brahmas are slightly larger and lay larger (lighter colored) eggs, but I'm sure there are individual exceptions. I love my brahmas. We had a light brahma as a kid that was the best broody mama I've ever witnessed.
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    When it comes to average hatchery/feedstore based stock there isn't much difference at all except in comb type, color, and individual bird personality.

    Breed Standard-wise, Cochins should be rounder like a basketball with a head, with a very prominent, round rump and hardly much of a tail to speak of, with a more subtle facial expression, with much more leg/toe feathering, and of a slightly lighter weight. They will often appear to have very short legs, bantams especially. Brahmas should have a wider skull, more serious expression from wide brows and deeper set eyes, and a more smooth (not so round), slightly upward sweeping rump. They should have higher wing carriage, less fluff, and more noticeable, strong legs and less leg/toe feathering. The males also have higher set, more noticeable tails.

    Cochins often have a more "proper and show" type presence, Brahmas have a more "proud and serious" presence.

    The other two differences are Cochins having a single comb, Brahmas a pea comb.

    Both lay a good amount of large light brown eggs, both can be often broody if from the right strains, both are cold hardy and good, meaty dual purpose birds, but only if from the right strains.

    I've never had Cochins before except some hatchery/layer type bantams, but I've got both hatchery and rare-colored/imported type Brahmas. Their egg color ranges from light brown to a chalky deep pink.
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