Giant Cochins??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by coloradochick, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably a silly question but...are there 3 sizes of Cochins? I've got Bantams and a Standard. But I keep seeing posts about Giant Cochin eggs or chicks and wondered if they're one and the same as the Standard or are there really bigger Cochins than the Standard?
     
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Giant Cochins are what some people call the standard sized. I used to think of just the bantam size when cochins are mentioned, but now I know better. [​IMG]
     
  3. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Giants and Standards are the same thing. I was confused to on this when I started collecting up mine too. [​IMG]
     
  4. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all, I was thinking I needed to get me one of these "Giant" Cochins. [​IMG]
     
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Until two weeks ago I would have agreed with the above two posts. And I still actually do, however I was at a breeders house and he has Cochins and Buff Orps that he raises and breeds for showing. They were huge... much larger than the standard Cochins and Orps I have always seen before. We talked about it because I was amazed and he said it's because they've been bred for showing.

    They were just beautiful chickens and very, very friendly.
     
  6. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chirpy you shouldn't have said that. [​IMG] Does he ever sale them? I have fallen madly in love with my Black Cochin, Stella and my Mottled Banty Cochin, Chloe. I told my hubby that in the future these will be the breed that I will most definitley have pretty much for the entire flock. Although I've heard standard Buff Brahmas are very similiar in personality too.
     
  7. Wooden_Pony

    Wooden_Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Chirpy I know what you are saying about the size how it has to do with "Hatchery Stock" and then "Show Stock."

    I noticed at the chicken shows even the Barred Rocks and RIR's were HUGE compared to my hatchery chickens.

    I have hatched out some cochins from a breeder and they are MUCH better looking alot BIGGER and more feathered out then my hatchery ones!

    coloradochick, if you want some nice ones I do recommend you buy from someone who shows them seriously. Because there is a difference in the quality of them. [​IMG]
     
  8. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    coloradochick - if you're serious I can put you in touch with him. (pm me) I have no idea if he sells his show birds or not but I do know he was just putting some of their eggs in the bator!!!!!

    I was there looking at his beautiful Nigerian goats ... I'm getting two girls from him.

    I really like the guy too, he's very knowledgable and seems to take excellent care of his animals and only breeds for better quality.

    (edited because I left out a word)
     
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  9. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hatchery & I also hatched eggs from Sandspoultry on ebay and hers are also double the size of hatchery Cochins ((so are her buff orpingtons))

    Her Cochins also lay LARGE eggs!!!
    (I stayed away from Cochins for awhile because everything I have read said they lay small eggs!)
     
  10. snewman

    snewman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since you're all talking about cochins here, I have a few questions. I have several standard chicks coming (I thought I needed one of each color I could find) and also a few roosters, because I couldn't resist their beauty. I worked with bantam cochin hens and a standard rooster several years ago in a bird show (they were the comic relief) and found them all to be wonderfully gentle. Most of what I read seems to indicate that unless you're showing them, they're not of much use, and have the apparently supremely annoying habit of being broody (this will be my first year with chickens, so I don't know how bad that can be). Do those of you who have cochins feel that way, or do you totally love them? Do you find that they produce a reasonable number of eggs, even though that's not a strong point for them? How bad is the broodiness? Any thoughts on cochins are welcome. Also, can standards and bantams coexist?
     

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