Silkie vs. Cochin Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jcrmadden, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. jcrmadden

    jcrmadden New Egg

    Jun 5, 2011
    I had heard that Silkies make the best brooders. To the extent that they will hatch other hen's eggs and that even the roos will sit on rare occasion. The hatchery didn't have any available so a friend of my suggested Cochins. He said that they were the next best thing to silkies. Is this true? I have two cochin hens so if it is true I'm in luck. If not I'm back on the hunt for silkies. Thanks all.
  2. misfitfarm

    misfitfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    Lorimor, Iowa
    I was just told that bantams are very broody.
  3. glochis

    glochis Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2008
    I had a cochin who kept going broody all last spring. I put fertilized eggs under her and she sat for exactly 19 days and then refused to sit! Probably just her, she is kinda a flaky chick. None of my others ever went broody and I have a couple of each of 5 different breeds.
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I don't speak from experience, but cochins are supposed to frequently go broody (similar to silkies), according to the breed chart link along the top of the screen (have you checked it out?). [​IMG]
  5. Whimsy

    Whimsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2010
    Cecilia KY
    I have a little black bantam cochin who has stayed broody this year. She is a year old. I also had a heritage wyndotte that hatched several eggs for me this spring.(Hawk got her [​IMG] )

    None of the hatchery birds I have gotten have gone broody, just the ones I got from breeders. I think that hatchery birds are bred to not want to go broody as much.

    I love my cochins, they are so gentle and tame.
  6. KatieBugg

    KatieBugg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2010
    Holts Summit, MO
    I have 2 black Bantam Cochins out of the same hatch that layed for a month and then have gone broody together, they are both now on eggs [​IMG]
  7. rescuefirst

    rescuefirst Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2010
    Oxford, PA
    I have bantam Silkies and Cochins - both are excellent mother hens and get broody. The silkies seem to get a bit obsessive broody, however the cochins are right there behind them and tend to be really great with the chicks. Both are excellent options, so I agree you're in luck with having cochins. [​IMG]
  8. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    When my Cochin goes broody, she really sticks with it, but I would say my Silkies go broody more frequently. I may just be saying that because I have more Silkies, however, it may just seem that way. Both are great broodies.
  9. infinityyoreo

    infinityyoreo New Egg

    Jul 11, 2015
    Can you keep silkies and cochins together or will it cause problems? Some people were saying they will get along and others were saying they won't because of the silkies poor vision.
  10. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

    Apr 6, 2014
    I my self would take a Cochin over Silkie any day. But thats just me and probably because that is what I breed. I also like them more because my standard Cochins can sit ob WAY more eggs than any banty could. I think they would get along perfectly.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by