Standard Cochins...Help Please!!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bec, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I have a 4 month old partridge cochin roo. He is about the size of my Orpington hens. Are they slow to mature at full size?

    I recelty went to our state fair and saw the stadard cochin roos, and boy were they HUGE! Boss is not nearly the size they are, but he was way bigger than the cochin banty roos. How long will it take him to get as big as the fellas at the fair? He doesn't crow either!!! What kind of rooster is he?? LOL Can't wait for the day he crows, he just seems so small now that I saw the big guys!
     
  2. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    My Orpingtons take 8 months to get to as tall as they are going to be then they fill out. Im guessing the giant Cochin's are the same because of how large they can get. Was your roo out of show stock? I know a gal that has massive giant Cochin's and they are the biggest I have ever seen.
     
  3. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    No, he isn't show stock, he was ot of the pullet bin at TSC. He is truning out beautiful, just not as large as I was expecting, or maybe I was just expecting it too early. Those boys at the fair were the biggest I have ever seen, just spectacular!!
     
  4. luvzmybabz

    luvzmybabz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have cochins set 1 hatched on Janurary 29th the next set set 2 on feb 28th-March 3rd even now there is a distintive difference in the sizes even the pullets.
     
  5. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    That's the thing, I don't have any other cochins to compare him to. Do they take longer to crow?

    Here is a picture of him just last week with my RIR pullet. She is 2 weeks younger than him.


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  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    when i bought some 20 or so Buff Cochins last wk, the breeder told me he had them on high protien game bird feed, 22% minium, this does make some sense as I am usung them for meat birds, and rapid growth is what i want so as to get a large young tender bird. Just some food for thought.

    AL
     
  7. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
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    Cochins do not make good meat birds. They take too long to mature by which point they are stringy, and they are not economical to raise.

    They grow 'up' before they grow out; they will have a tall, lanky stage before they put weight on, but yours does look quite light and tall in build.
     
  8. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I am not raising him for meat, so I don't have to worry about that. But lanky is a great word to describe him. [​IMG] He is taller than everyone out there..maybe just slightly taller than my orpington girls.
     
  9. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Cochins can grow slower than you want, especially the standards. My roos did not crow until 8 months old but they had a bit of competition. But they are also more gentle than my other breeds of roos.
    My roos also grew tall long before the rest caught up and I do keep them on 22% feed until 5 months old. My banty size is quicker to grow and mature but I do have one roo that is a year old and he has never crowed. I guess he lets Papa still do all the work.
    I must say that my Cochin coops get along better with each other than any other breed we have. They have made for some good behavior examples.
     
  10. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    8 months!?! [​IMG] I got roosters because i love to hear crowing.....neither one crow!!!
     

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