Cochin Thread!!!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Settler'sDreamFarm, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. lilcrow

    lilcrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do mean to breed, or just for company or space issues? If it's just for company it would be OK if you introduce them gently, if you're talking about breeding, I'm not a fan of breeding for mixed breeds, mutts or designer chickens, or whatever they call them. But that's just me.
    Nancy
     
  2. Beth G.

    Beth G. Gaetano Family Farm

    Hi, I have a guy that breeds Bantam Buff cochins only and they have been in his family now for 50+ years. I can check with him to see if his girls are laying and if he'd be interested in shipping. I know being in my town the weather has been yucky here and my girls quit on me 2 wks ago [​IMG] But, I don't have buffs so I couldn't help you I'm sorry.
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  3. danaalex

    danaalex Out Of The Brooder

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    oh, i meant space wise :) these are my first cochin chicks and they're by themselves now til they get bigger. but, i was curious if they would be a good fit to live with my silkies :)
     
  4. lilcrow

    lilcrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do you have experience with introducing new chickens to each other?
    Just keep in mind that it can be very dangerous for the birds at the bottom of the pecking order. Silkies, Cochins or whatever, it doesn't matter, they can all get terribly aggressive with timid new comers.
    The way that I've had the best luck is to put one or a few or what ever you can manage in a cage and set them in the middle of a run so that the other group can have exposure to them all of the time. In a few days or longer, NOT shorter, and at a time when you know your going to be out there for most of the day, just open the cage door and leave it alone. Don't get them out or try to push them out, just leave it be and let them come out on their own. The hope of course is that no one will notice that there is no wire between them and they've already sort of considered them as part of the flock. There may be a few little squabbles and a boink on the head or two, but if they start running with their heads down and get up in a corner all huddled down, it's not going to work, or at least not without some serious trauma to someone or even several. When they get like that it's not a good sign, and I think it's unsafe to leave them together in that atmosphere. You may be able to keep trying with them in the cage in the middle of the run, but I haven't had much luck once they've established this relationship. There are probably as many methods for putting new chickens together as there are people that are doing it. Some folks say to put them together at night in the coop, it's never worked for me, but maybe I did something wrong.
    I'm sure there are folks that will disagree with me, but I'm a pansy when it comes to my chickens and I won't allow one to beat up on another if I can help it.
    Good luck..............
    Oh and if your a seasoned chicken keeper and I just rambled on with this uninvited blathering, please forgive me and you can ignore the whole thing. [​IMG]
     
  5. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:one thing to watch with silkies and cochins is the silkies can be bullied because of their problems with vision. sometimes they have problems with finding food and getting away from any other birds that are giving them a rough time
     
  6. Coopa Cabana

    Coopa Cabana My Coop Runneth Over . . .

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    Nancy and Mandy,
    How close are you to Zanesville? The first thing I thought about this morning when I heard the news was hoping everyone's birds were safe until all the animals are secure.
     
  7. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
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    [​IMG] this is sissy i rescued her from bad conditons she had mites and fleas
    [​IMG] and her sister sapphier i rescued also
     
  8. danaalex

    danaalex Out Of The Brooder

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    oh yeah, i've had luck introducing my other birds to each other :) i take my time though. like living next to one another with a fence between for several weeks and then letting them all free range together, etc.

    my cochin chicks are in a chicken tractor right now and the silkies are in a coop. my bigger birds are in a shed turned coop. but those guys all hang together during the day. however, the cochins will need to move in a month or so to make way for the chicks i'm hatching now. and the best place i feel for them is with the silkies. i just wanted to make sure it was ok/ safe to do that. otherwise i will just build another tractor :) i'd rather them be in the pretty and professionally made coop. they are just so pretty!!! i love all their feathers!!
     
  9. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

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    K, here are the new pics of my birds (drum roll).......Ta Da!

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  10. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:i'm not too sure where it's at,, not close to here
     

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