Vulture Hocks


11 Years
May 4, 2008
Houlton Maine
My Coop
My Coop
WHY are vulture hocks a disqualification?

I understand what they are and I believe my three blue Cochin hens have them. I am fine with keeping them as pets but just wondering why they are a show DQ as they don't look like they detract from the looks or seem in anyway problematic. I get that they don't look very pretty maybe in other breeds but in Cochins you can barely tell and I would never have even noticed if it weren't for this forum.



8 Years
May 31, 2011
Warrenton, Virgina
I think what they mean by Vulture hocks are stiff feathers like in Millie Fluers. Cochins have the feathers called vulture hocks but they need to be much shorter and very fluffy not stiff. This is my opinion and understanding of it. Yours don't look to have this disqualification. Their butts are nice and fluffy.

Here is an example of vulture hocks (right below the wing)on a millie. See how pronounced they are from the body and they look like normal feathers rather than fluffy feathers.

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