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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shelleyb1969, Aug 4, 2008.
Which bantam breed is the best "coop companion" for the cochins?
My cochin roos are the bossiest little guys EVER! One is named Napoleon and the other Capone just for that reason! Napoleon is about 10 weeks old and will stand on a stump or rock so he can be taller and intimidate the bigger chickens... It's hilarious!
They really hold their own with ALL of my other chickens... They sleep up on the roosts with the big girls while my silkies sleep on the floor... So maybe a "normally feathered" bantam would be a better choice? Or even a regular sized chicken! Really, these little guys can take care of themselves!
Capone intimidating a Lakenvelder
I have Cochin bantams, Silkies, a game pullet, favs, Millies, Australorp, an IDKWIA, and a Guinea in one pen/coop...They were all raised together. Now that the pecking order is established everyone seems to get along okay.
I just want to say, good choice with the cochins, even though I recently got some Buff Orps for egg laying, If you have bantam cochins, just get more bantam cochins, they are great birds, and you can change it up with some frizzles, or different colors. It kinda depends on what you want. When I had a bunch of hens, even though they were small eggs, they layed A LOT of them. For a while I got one a day from all of my hens, and it didn't take long to have a surplus that I would give to friends. They thought it was pretty funny to get the tiny eggs, but they always asked for more.
I always liked my black bantam cochins and my buff bantam orpingtons together. They are about the same size and nice color combo.
I still have to throw millie fleur d'uccles in here. Mine are great and I currently have a brooder pen with both cochins and d'uccles in it, as well as a silkie and a polish.
Cochins win as the friendliest bantam? i think mine flunked. She's not mean, just not very bright, and spends the whole time i'm in the pen pecking on whatever extremity she can find to get my attention. Her best friend is a teeny spangled OEG bantam who loves her to death. Although, the poor little thing gets trampled a lot by her big clumsy friend.
My cochins are very friendly too but also peck on me whenever they get the chance...not mean but just like "I'm SURE I will find a bug soon!" type of thing. LOL They LOVE crock shoes! They are always the nicest to the NEW crowds of birds I add. I recently added three little young ones and they roost with them at night.
We were initially given a trio (well sorta'...2 roos and a hen) of bantam mottled cochins. We quickly fell in love and are now expanding our colors. I'm very picky about them being 'typey' though and I admit I have spent a fair amount on eggs from some fantastic looking parents.
We have a few silkies as well and the 2 cochin roos and the 2 silkies roos get along just fine. They are in separate pens but do go out in the courtyard during the day together. Nary a fight!!