Cochin Thread, What are the pro's and con's of Cochins

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bantimna, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Since RAREROO started a thread say pro's and con's of Brahma's I thought I would like to find out the things others say about Cochins.

    This is also a thread for posting pics, stories, and discussing our birds.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2009
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    My two (I have a pair) (partridge) Cochins are HUGE!

    I'm hoping that the pullet will go broody so I can put some eggs under her, she just started laying. I may have to trim some of those fluffy feathers around her vent because it's obvious that he often misses the mark.

    My roo doesn't have a normal crow. It's interesting.

    I will say that they are so huge, they are spectacular.
  3. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2008
    PRO:They are extremely docile.

    PRO/CON:Some people or even the MM catalog or the Henderson chart will tell you, that they are lazy layers of small to medium size eggs. My Cochin have laid at least 5 medium sized eggs per week each.

    You decide if this is a PRO or a CON: they are addicting because of their great sweet personalities
  4. SandyK

    SandyK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2009
    Eldersburg, Maryland
    I have 4 that are 8 1/2 months old, three ladies and one roo. They are so beautiful, all those pretty fluffy feathers. One just went broody after laying for a month or so now. I just kept holding her every time I found her in the nest box, also I get the eggs taken away as soon as I see them. Winter is coming and I don't want any babies yet. So after a couple weeks, she is back to being normal. They are so sweet, mine are standard size. Funny thing, my rooster hasn't crowed yet either!! I'm crossing my fingers because we live in a neighborhood even though we have an acre of land. Don't want to make too much noise. So far the chickies are so quiet. One of my Cochin hens, the same age as the other two hasn't started laying or even gotten the red comb or wattle. Wonder if some never lay???

    Last edited: Nov 12, 2009
  5. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    Find a breeder with friendly birds.

    I had a hatchery standard blue cochin, and she was a nightmare. Loud, and flighty, and scared... She got the same gentle handling that the other breeds did, those that still follow me around and hop in my lap.

    I sold her to someone who also got rid of her.

    All of my "bad" chickens were supposed to be the most docile. A cochin, a silkie, and 2 faverolles. Just goes to show you the variation within a breed and in hatchery stock.

    I will try again when I have more room. I love the big chickens, and do think mine was the exception.
  6. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 2 Partridge Rocks. They are worse than average for laying. They both went broody but only one kept at it. Sweet gentle girls, they can have a harder time in a mixed flock. They aren't the bottom of the pecking order but they can be pushed out of the way by more dominant hens. I do like them. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011
  7. Dustin Biery

    Dustin Biery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Mulberry, Arkansas
    The larges Con I found when I was raising them was their fertility issues.
  8. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    Quote:agreed. You won't find that problem, though, unless you're raising SQ. Another con is the feathered feet. They can get filthy if not housed properly and can hide scaley leg mite if not thoroughly checked now and then.

    The biggest pro is their utter gorgeousness [​IMG] and the fact that they make excellent mommas
  9. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

    Mar 31, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    Large fowl, or bantam?

    I don't particularly care for the LF version. For one thing, I'm not really attracted to chickens that are THAT huge. OTOH, I am very very fond of the bantams. I can't resist those balls of fluff. [​IMG]
  10. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    You mean there are cons to having Cochins????
    Hmmmm.....haven't found anything yet....okay, maybe it is getting the dingleberries off but that is still not big deal to me and not very often.

    My Cochins, standard and bantam, lay well, are easy to deal with, are extremely personable, are smart and learn things quickly....good and bad, mind their manners and the bantams have the sweetest crowing sound. My standard Cochin roo seldom crows.

    Both sizes are wonderful when chicks from other pens wander into theirs. They talk to them and show them where the treats are and would take them into the coop if the chicks would follow.

    Even with Ida dumping a ton of rain on us they have stayed fairly clean and don't have mud packed into their foot feathers like my Faverolles, who spent the entire morning trying to clean themselves up.

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