Cochin question

wendid1

Songster
10 Years
Apr 29, 2009
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North East Missouri
I have a few 3 month old Cochins and 2 about 6 weeks old. They are mostly black with some white. I was wondering if they will turn all black as they age or if this is their permanent color. Here is a picture of one. Thanks in advance. Wendi
 

asher

Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire
13 Years
Jan 26, 2007
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Mountains of NC
It really depends on the lineage. Some will say it's mottled, but mine are pure blacks or blues and they always look like that (with some white) until their adult molt, then they become pure in color. I'd ask the breeder you got them from.
(I try to always let mine know when I send eggs or chicks, but sometimes I forget.
)
 

Sharisr32

Egg Killer ;)
13 Years
Jan 14, 2007
578
2
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OH/PA Boarder
Asher some how I missed the baby News Congrats congrats-

My black Cochins long gone cuz cochins are Evil



kept an odd white feather --
 

Glenda L Heywood

Songster
10 Years
Apr 11, 2009
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chicks molt three times
first the ,olt and lose their downy feathers and then two more times for a total of three times molting in the first yr
the 3rd and final molt of their first yr is permanent feathers

then they molt the next yr later for that molt

many times good black feathered cochins will have white in their 2nd molt feathers in the first yr

white cochins that have the silver gene will have greyish down and be the best colored white cochins as they do not get yellow in the feathers from being in the sun and from feeding them corn

those white birds that turn yellow in later life usually have yellow down

one wants the greyish down white chicks so it is the pure white

the darker grey the down is on a white makes for the best colored white to stay white

any questions email me
 

pamperedpoultry

CHICKENFIED
10 Years
Jan 28, 2009
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(south West) Virginia
Quote:most will say around a year, I had one that went way over that. She had white spots on her chest and a few at her head and a lil on her tail feathers, after her molt she got lil white spots all over
 

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