Cochin Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jimnjay, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    I have 4 Mottled Cochin Babies around 4 weeks old. There are three obvious cockerels and one Pullet. The Cockerels all have next to nothing yet for a tail while the little pullet has a nice tail developing.

    Is it common for the Cochin Cockerels to take longer to develop tail feathers or do I have some poor quality little boys?
  2. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    Mine all developed the same. [​IMG]
  3. cottagegarden

    cottagegarden Eggistentialist

    Oct 2, 2008
    SE PA
    We have Bantam Cochins from some of the top breeders in the country and I have noticed the cockerels chicks are slower to feather in general. The more pronounced comb and longer period of time where they just have short wing feathers and the pullets are more covered seems to make them pretty easy to sex early. They just seem to take longer, Im sure yours will be as beautiful as all your babies soon!
  4. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    Tails???? They actually HAVE tails???????? [​IMG] I diddnt know! I thought they were secretly basketballs masquerading as chickens.... [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I agree with cottagegarden. My cochin cockerels always developed combs & wattles rather quickly, but were slower with feathering...especially in the tail department. I was actually able to sex my white bantam cochin chicks at 3 weeks of age based on feathering.
  6. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Quote:that is just too darn funny! [​IMG]
  7. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Forgot to say.... [​IMG] HI nice to see you!
  8. DiVon80

    DiVon80 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Pearl River,Louisiana
    Boys are all slower. [​IMG]
  9. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    DiVon, How could I have forgotten that! LoL

    Thanks for the input, I was able to say with certainty one was a male at two weeks the others were suspicious at that point. During the last two weeks they are so much different and the little girl with a still yellow comb and long tail is easy to spot.

    I have 12 other bantam cochin chicks in the incubator due on Saturday so I will have some from a different breeder to compare. These will be very special from my friend at Harvest Breeze. She raises awesome Cochins and I am really looking forward to having some.

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