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Cochin Hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frogman, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. frogman

    frogman Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 cochin hens (I think) how can I tell if one is a rooster?? She (the larger one) crows every morning - but both look identical. Red combs, the almost the same size, both friendly. I don't want more chicks!! Suggestions??

    They are 5months old.
     
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  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can we see pictures? It's a possibility that you have a cockerel in your midst but it's hard to diagnose without being able to look at them. You might even have two cockerels if they look the same.
     
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    The crowing is alerting you that you have a rooster, so you have at least one rooster.

    We would need a photo to tell what you might have as to the second bird.

    LofMc
     
  4. frogman

    frogman Out Of The Brooder

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    Will post pics tonight!
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Chicks will only 'happen' if you incubate, or allow a broody hen to incubate, the fertile eggs.
     
  6. frogman

    frogman Out Of The Brooder

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    I did not know that - I thought once fertilized its a done deal. So if I remove the eggs from the nesting box and not let them brood - just like eating (layer) eggs??
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Yep, you won't even know the difference unless you know what to look for on the yolk.
    Fertilized eggs need to be kept at ~100 degrees F for at least 24 hours before they start to develop into embryos.
    Just gather your eggs daily for eating.
     
  8. frogman

    frogman Out Of The Brooder

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    So What do you think??


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  9. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    You have 2 males. Sorry.
    Patchy coloring, red bars on wings, large red combs/wattles, spiky saddle feathers....all rooster.
    LofMc
     
  10. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    So you can see the difference, here are my bantam Cochin pullets at 3 to 4 months of age.

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