Need input from cochin breeders that show their birds...thanks! **PICS

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Three Cedars Silkies, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm looking for input on this 3 month old white cockerel. I noticed that he has recently gotten a little bit of yellowing in his hackle feathers...darn it! Will this improve...get worse??? He is only in the sun about 2 hours a day. I was so sure it was a pullet until a few weeks ago. He was a bit late getting his comb and wattles.

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  2. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    He looks beautiful!!!! I mean it!! It could be something in his diet (yellow feathers). Maybe the sun too. The only other thing I can think of is to try and breed him to a silver based white bird. I also think maybe reccessive white breeds truer. However, I am only a beginner at breeding cochins.
     
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Beautiful bird. Sorry, I don't show and can't help you there, but I have seen the yellow coloring in birds that are fed corn, especially if it's a good bit of corn. Perhaps if you take him totally off corn he will whiten up again. I don't know if you'd have to wait until he molts, though.
     
  4. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Make sure he's not getting any corn in his food, that'd do it. And he might just need a good bath too get it out. Try washing him in blueing cat shampoo for white cats
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    He has a beautiful body shape and type. I am thinkiung the coloring could just be the covering around the feathers as he is molting.
     
  6. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    The sun definitely is the cause [​IMG] -never heard of the corn thing. That may be some of it. I don't know. He should moult out of it...eventually [​IMG] He's a super nice specimen.
     
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  7. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Oklahoma
    Quote:Could be the sun, but if scratch is added or any corn (other than that in the crumbles and pelleted feed) it can cause yellowing of the feathers. Corn is added to broiler diets to increase the yellow of their skin.
     
  8. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    OK...that's probably it...the corn. We just started feeding them some scratch since the weather turned cold and that's when I noticed it. I'll have to feed his coop just the sunflower seeds and safflower seeds.

    He's only 3 months old so he definitely won't molt for a long time.

    Thanks for the suggestions...
     
  9. chickorama

    chickorama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have Cochins, but that did happen on my Light Brahma hen. It could be sun, I am not really sure.
     
  10. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    My experience has been that youngsters molt several times before they are a year old. Perhaps he will molt again in the spring and the yellow will go away. Good luck with showing him, he's a very nice bird!!
     

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