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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickalator, Dec 22, 2008.
does anybody have cochins that keep going during winter?
We had Bantam Mottled Cochins last winter.
They began laying in October '07, at 19 weeks old, and laid all winter except for when they went broody.
Hope this helps!
I have quite a few and this will be the second hard winter for some of them, they do just fine in subzero temps as long as they are in a draft free and dry coop that is well ventilated. I do add a heatlamp or in this case today 2 heatlamps because the temps with windchills are -35 below. If they get cold out in their covered run (no heat) they retreat to the coop under the heat lamps.
I have two 7-8 month old Cochins, 1 was laying for a month or so, but I think she quit during the first cold snap. I am pretty sure none of the eggs I still get are hers and I haven't seen her in the nesting boxes. They are both doing fine in the cold weather though, I think the extra feathers help.
Cochins lay eggs?!?
Someone better tell mine that.
Mine didnt start laying til she was over 7 months old. The second one never started. I am hoping they lay better come Spring. My buff was laying almost every day before it got cold. I am planning on getting 8-10 more Cochins this Spring, so hope they do ok.
My cochin is laying after a 20 day break from going broody and being broken out of being broody. Despite all the literature, she's really a good little layer, if I can keep her out of the nest box and off the eggs! HA!