Silkies or Cochins?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chickfever, May 4, 2009.

  1. Chickfever

    Chickfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southwest VA
    Which is your favorite and why? I'd like to have one that's broody, friendly, a good mother, & winter hardy.
  2. Oh its so hard to choose now that I have both.... [​IMG]
  3. baldie

    baldie Songster

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    I agree, I love them both! [​IMG]
  4. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    I love both of mine too! We're a lot of help, aren't we. [​IMG]
  5. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I say silkies! They are awesome broodies have great temperments. Will even allow you in and around them and their chicks when they are broody. Beautiful to look at and just right down one of the cutests when they are chicks. They lay small eggs and seem to mature a little slower then other chickens. Hard to tell gender for awhile but thats the only bad things about silkies.

    I might be a little Bi'est because I only own silkies..LOL
  6. Chickfever

    Chickfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southwest VA
    LOL Loads of help [​IMG] I have some silkies but not exactly what I want. I've had a horrible time hatching eggs and the silkies I can find here NEVER have poufy heads and they are always non bearded [​IMG]. So I was looking up cochins and they are pretty and fluffy and seem to be similar to silkies. Of course, I'll not be able to find them here either but was thinking maybe I could order some.....I'm sure dh will be really pleased [​IMG]
  7. Having owned Cochins for a few weeks, I can effectively say that Cochins are JUST AS BROODY as Silkies.

    My pullet set on the FIRST egg she laid, AND DID NOT WANT TO MOVE!!! Little heiffer pecked me too....
  8. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Songster

    Apr 23, 2007
    Yes my cochins are only slightly less broody!

    I have found that (though I adore my silkies) my cochins are a bit more personable.

    They just have a little more **something** in their personalities.

    Although, some can be annoying little 'heffers' (Funny Chris!).

    They are both the most persnickity birds ever. And vain... Whew.
  9. SportTees

    SportTees Songster

    I can't tell you about adults but I have chicks that are between 1 and 2 months now. The cochin chicks are more friendly and calm in my opinion.
  10. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Cochins. Hands down.

    They can stand out in the rain and NOT drown. They go into a coop when it rains or is windy. The silkies have YET to figure that out.

    Ironically enough...neither the Cochins or the Silkies have gone broody Langshans have decided they would ALL love little babies under them though...

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