cochin breeding

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by dixiechick, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Who has had success with fertile eggs from cochins? Do you have to pluck them in order to secure good contact?
     
  2. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:uhuh, yep, that is what I heard anyways. I have the bantam cochin and I wonder if I have to time them up. I don't believe she mentioned plucking (Frozen Feathers), but I had canary's like that ...another topic, story that most don't want to know! LOL...such happy lil birds..hee hee
     
  3. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Then my next question is: If you do have pluck them, how long does it take to grow out (to be ready for show?)

    The things we do to have grand-chicks![​IMG]
     
  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    You can artificially inseminate them which is a relatively straight forward procedure and not too hard. If you want directions PM me and I will gret them to you. Then you dont have to pluck them. It would take quite a while for the feathers to grow back...I am thinking at LEAST 2 months or more. You can cut the feathers with a scissors too, but then you have to wait for them to molt.

    I like AI myself. [​IMG]
     
  5. chikkinlittlesc

    chikkinlittlesc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use ponytail holders like you use in your hair and pull the feathers up around the vent in the pony tail holder. It works pretty well. Or you can take a crack at artificial insemination. It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks for the feathers to grow back if you pluck them.
     
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    My guys and gals had no problems this past spring. They were so fully feathered I thought perhaps we wouldn't get anything but we did! I didn't care if we did or not and that is probably why we did. It seems the more you want something the harder it is to obtain.[​IMG]
     
  7. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    The better the Cochin the fuller the feather and the poorer the fertility. Most Cochin breeders I know artificially inseminate.
    I bought some very nice Black Cochin bantams a few years ago & had very little luck with natural fertility-tries cutting the feather around the vent & fertility improved but that meant those birds couldn't be shown for months.
    The only option left seemed to be AI so I gave the Cochins away. I really didn't want to be that intimately involved with my chickens.[​IMG]
     
  8. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I completely agree with NYREDS! lol we had the same issue, very nice cochins but no luck with natural breeding and I too did not want to get that familiar with my chooks! [​IMG]
     
  9. zschatzman

    zschatzman New Egg

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    Our Cochin Bantams breed like crazy, we have a good rooster though. They have hatched three times this year.
     

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