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Cochin question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hencam, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. hencam

    hencam Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 5, 2007
    I'm hoping one of you cochin breeders out there can give me some advice. I ordered two blue cochins from Meyer Hatchery. At 10 weeks one is a lovely, healthy splash. The other has always been the runt. She's a beautiful slate blue, and I've been told that the dark cochins can sometimes be small. The small size isn't the problem, though. She's always walked as if her pants are falling down. Awkward, slow and not far. As far as I can tell, her feet and legs are fine. I've even trimmed her long feet feathers thinking that maybe they're too big in proportion to her right now (don't worry, I cut just the ends and not down to the quicks.) Am I missing something? Is there something about cochins that I don't know? My first hen was a sweet white cochin, but that was 15 years ago and I haven't had any since then (plenty of other chickens, though all clean-legged) - not until these two.
    You can see the cochins on my live-streaming cam at http://www.hencam.com/barncam.php

    VI KING RANCH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Campbell River
    Is the one u r talking about the one in the door way right now prowning itself? Could you lift it up to the cam so I can see it.
  3. hencam

    hencam Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 5, 2007
    I'm not outside! If I take a photo, what would you look for?
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    A picture might help. I also have a runty cochin, mine came from McMurray. She's blind in one eye. She kind of walks a little off balance and trips over her own feet sometimes. We noticed she keeps her head cocked to the side to look from her good eye and usually pecks in that direction too. She does require a bit of extra care. I make sure she gets plenty to eat and always feed and water in the same places. I also have to watch her closely at free range time as she tends to wander off. Maybe your girl has a vision problem too? Good luck- hope you figure out what's up with her!

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