Cochin question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by wendid1, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. wendid1

    wendid1 Songster

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    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
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  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

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    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. [​IMG] (I try to always let mine know when I send eggs or chicks, but sometimes I forget. [​IMG] )
     
  3. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

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    Asher some how I missed the baby News Congrats congrats-

    My black Cochins long gone cuz cochins are Evil [​IMG]


    kept an odd white feather --
     
  4. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

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    Thank you, Shari. [​IMG]

    Hey, I thought it was silkies that were evil, not cochins! ;-)
     
  5. They look like mottled cochins. It should go away...they usually get more white when they molt.
     
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

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    All my black Cochins were black from the time of hatch. Yours looks mottled but sure is pretty.
     
  7. pamperedpoultry

    pamperedpoultry CHICKENFIED

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    I'd have to say mottled also, mine have alot more white but I've seen others that have the same amount of white on them. Also they get more white when they molt
     
  8. wendid1

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    Thanks for all the help. At what age do they first molt?
     
  9. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

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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
     
  10. pamperedpoultry

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    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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