Which Bantam Cochin Cockerels to keep?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by MrsChickendad, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. MrsChickendad

    MrsChickendad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have seven bantam cockerels (20 weeks old) and 10 bantam girls. We would like to raise some babies next year, but don't know which, if any of the boys is good enough to keep. I am thinking the black cockerel in my avatar (also in comb contest) is nice, but don't know about the rest of the boys. We also have 8 regular size hens, so I'm guessing 2 roos is plenty. Any opinions would be most welcome!

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  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Pick your favorite. :p
     
  3. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    If your not breeding to show, pick the one that's the sweetest. If you want us to tell you which is the nicest quality show wise, you'll need to take individual pictures of them from the side.

    But out of all of them I'd say the black one is the least cochin-like. Honestly if you just showed me his picture I would guess he was a booted bantam. He's petite and his cushion(what cochin tails are called because they're like poof balls) is more of a regular upright tail. The buff on the right looks the most nicely round from the front, but I'd have to see a picture of him from the side.
     
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  4. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree.
     
  5. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree.

    Ditto [​IMG]
     
  6. MrsChickendad

    MrsChickendad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you for your info. I do have side pix of most of them. I guess I assumed they were all cochins because thats what we ordered and thought they were just maturing differently. I realize I'm not likely to get SQ birds from the hatchery, but thought it would be best to keep the best ones that we do have. I would like to keep the option to show open if I ever got anything good.

    These two buffs are very similar as far as I can tell. [​IMG]

    The frizzle looks really homely to me. We have a red frizzle pullet that is very nice. Here he is with the buff on the right in the above photo:
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    Here are a black, a splash and a blue:
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    And lastly, the black that I think is pretty: "Hot Stuff" (He thinks he's pretty, too!)

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  7. seedcorn

    seedcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
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    the splash roo is the only one w/a cochin cushion for a tail. Prefer blacks but go for type.
     
  8. MrsChickendad

    MrsChickendad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Any idea what the others could be? What about the bigger black one?
     
  9. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, ya the splash is the only one with a cochin type tail, but honestly i think you should choose the roo who you like best!

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  10. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Any idea what the others could be? What about the bigger black one?

    The others are still cochins, there tails just aren't correct for the breed.
     

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