Should I keep my black cochens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wisdom_seeker, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. wisdom_seeker

    wisdom_seeker In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2008
    This last spring we purchased assorted chicks and 6 Red Sex link chicks from our local TSC. We have 9 Cochen hens left from the assorted group along with other breeds that I DO want to keep.

    In August I purchased another 25 reds along with 12 Cornish cross.
    The reds are my favorite chicken for the way they act / eat and everything else they do in thier little chicken lives! They started layng at 18 weeks!

    Now the Cochens I call them Black bowling balls with pants! They tended to be mean to any other breed and they are now 24 weeks and no eggs. Back when they where chicks I had to daily clean thier rear ends due to pasting [​IMG] I guess that you could say that I am not a big Cochen fan!

    It says in the breeds section of this website that they will not produce many eggs. Is this true?

    How much should I ask for if I try to sell them?

    Thanks for any help.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2008
  2. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Quote:If you are asking, I am just saying I think you should give them to me, I LOVE my Cochins, had one named Britches and have another names Knickers. Yep, just box em up and send em to me......

    Seriously, I am surprised you say they are mean, mine are the sweetest most laid back birds. I have a Barred Pair listed for $30.00 , not saying I will actually sell them at that, but I would say $20 - $30 is fair.
  3. SGM

    SGM Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    Well you'll get no help whatso ever from me. I'm a big big big cochin fan. I think you should do whatever you feel is best. Sometimes its best to remove a problem bird especially to keep the peace in the flock. Good luck!
  4. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Well interestingly, we all have a bird, Cochin or otherwise, that can be mean. I think I have 7 of them at this point. [​IMG] As for keeping the Cochin, I am just begining to get into the Bantam Cochins, wondering what you feed them that can cause so much of a problem. My "kids" shift the feathers out of the way and then pooh.
    But, I have heard that Cochins take a while to lay eggs, not known for their egg laying (from what I know about them), also a breeder told me they are a great beginner bird.
    Find a group from your area that are having a chickenstock, ask them what a good price is and go sell your buddies.
  5. wisdom_seeker

    wisdom_seeker In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2008
    I did not mean to offend any cochen owners. :| When we got the chicks from the store we had no idea what we would get. Because we have made an investment in the 9 cochens I would like to know, (if I decide to keep them) will they lay more than 3 eggs a week per bird? Are they typically pets or show birds? When do they start to lay? I might try craigslist but I do not want to sell them to someone who is looking for producton layers if they don't lay well.
  6. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    I guess if you are wanting eggs, just give them a little more time. But if you truly arent happy with them, its better to sell them.
  7. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    my cochin girl lays about 4 eggs a week. Sometimes 5. She likes to lay them smack out on the garage floor in the same spot each time....silly bird!
    Her and my cochin rooster are 2 of my faves (but she hates to be held).
    She started laying at about 24 weeks, and every egg from her has been fertile. (I have 3 of her eggs in the bator and one under a broody girl).

    I did sell 3 of my chickens that kept escaping into the neighbors yard, sold them to someone I met here on BYC they drove an hour to get the 3 of them and we sold them for $10 each.
  8. squabels

    squabels In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2014
    North West GA
    I just paid 10 dollars for my batham cochen hen that was laying. Bird is my least favorite out of 23 and the only one who acts like a spoiled brat. Im have her for sale now for 5 bucks and thats only because shes to small to eat. Good luck selling them, there beautiful birds but i got a dud.

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