New to breeding Cochins... couple of ????


9 Years
Dec 14, 2010
Hi all. I have a couple of questions regarding breeding Blue Cochins, and their behaviors.

I acquired a young pair of Blue Cochins a couple of weeks ago. For the record, there are originally from a Rarest of the Rare assortment from McMurray Hatchery, and as best I know they are a mid spring hatch. It is not my intention to breed SQ birds, but to keep a line of broodies around, learn more of genetics, and along the way someone may want some chicks to grow up as lap chickens.

My questions, I think, are fairly straight forward. What genotype is the blue part of? I am familiar with the Copper genotype in Marans, with Copper Black, Copper Blue, and Copper Splash all being related. Breeding 2 blue cochins will throw what other colors, if any? Will I likely get a splash and black as well?

With most Cochins being relatively docile, my roo was always on the bottom of the pecking order. Precious, the hen, follows him around, and seems to have "chosen" him. Unfortunately, he hasn't quite figured out all of his rooster duties. I am good dealing with the more aggressive roosters, but having 1 so timid is a new thing. He's timid with me and other roosters, but very aggressive around food, especially treats. Instead of giving her the treats, he takes them from her. Is this something he should grow out of not being the low man on the totem pole? I am hoping this is just a product of them both being around too many more dominate roosters.

Even though I am not breeding specifically for SQ, I would like to breed closer to standard, balanced more for broodiness and personality. Are there any cullible offenses from a physical standpoint? Like white feathers anywhere, funky combs, etc? Maybe that sounds like a silly question, but remember these are the first cochins I have had.... Are his long legs normal length, or is he just leggy? Most pics I have seen are of Cochins lounging around, and is hard to tell.

BTW, they are standard size. Here is a few pics.



Well, in this pic he dove after a bug right about time I snapped it.


Also, the buff cochin i picked up is a bit larger, and has a noticeably larger comb at the same age. If I'm thinking correctly, and the Blue and Black are of the same genotype, then I kinda regret getting the buff instead of the Black Cochin he had. Mom wanted the buff... Need I say more?

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