I'm (sort of) a black cochin - maybe?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by xC0000005, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2009
    Kirkland, WA
    I bought a bunch of "bantam cochins". Two look like normal black cochins at this age. One has gold coming in.


    Any idea what cross this might be? He/She/It has the beautiful green/blue sheen on the body feathers and the feathers on the head are gold. I thought at first they were gold at the edges with black in the center but as they grow more it's clear that the gold feathers are...well, gold.

    Gender guesses?

    These are at least eight weeks old, and probably closer to nine weeks.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Middle pic looks roo to me.

    I don't have a clue what cross that would be, but it's pretty.
  3. chris_m90731

    chris_m90731 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    cross with an AUSTRALORP perchance??
  4. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    go to welphatchery.com and look under Poultry Catalog--Bantams--Feather Legged. There are a few that are very dark if not black that have gold in their feathers. Brown-Red d'Uccle and Golden Laced Cochin in particular.
  5. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Palmetto GA
    This Cochin looks Birchen to me
  6. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    i'd say it is a cochin roo. looks sort of like my Sunny when he was starting to show his roo colors. the color may be birchen, i was told since my boy had white on his wings that he would be considered duckwing (i don't think that is a color though)


  7. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

    May 20, 2009
    Northern Illinois
  8. BlueMottie

    BlueMottie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2009
    It looks like a mix/low quality cochin for sure, but as for colors I'd say it's a very poor quality male brassyback cross color. They get a tinted gold/silver in their hackles, wing bows and saddle feathers. If it were a birchen it would have lacing down its chest already, and the hackles would be a light silver color. (can't quite see the front of the chest, but it doesn't look like there's any lacing) Brassybacks are often mistaken for birchen, but when you look at the two the differences are obvious.

    Here a pic of a brassyback roo from feathersite:


    And here's a pic of a birchen roo from feathersite as well:

    Last edited: Dec 5, 2009
  9. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    I agree on birchen too.
  10. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    It looks like a Birchen cochin.

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