worth breeding!?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickNjake, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. chickNjake

    chickNjake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this is my birchen Cochin hen, Ginger. we got her along with Gilligan (RIP [​IMG] ) at a show a few years ago and i knew she was old then!
    this spring we will have blue Cochins, which I'm new to.
    from what the chicken calculator says I'll have blue or black the first generation, but will they leak birchen through?
    and I think she's alright, but how is her type? show wise? (I know she's too old but still... [​IMG] ) and she has great yellow feet and heavy feathering, but her breast feathers barely touch the ground, which I think is frowned upon [​IMG]

    so tell me what you think!! [​IMG]
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  2. Black Feather

    Black Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think her type looks pretty good actually....minus the color issue.

    Have you checked for things like split wing, side sprigs, on her comb and other disqualifying features? It's hard to tell from static picture how good or bad a bird is, but she looks to have good, abundant feather, doesn't stand too high (from the pic), her wings are well tucked, and has a nice round poofy 'bunn' tail.

    I don't breed cochins myself, but my friend raises champion birds, so I've developed a bit of an 'eye' for them from seeing his birds all the time.....and of course by being beaten by the slightest of margins by one of his very nice cochin pullets against one of my nearly equally nice rosecomb pullets at our last show.....dang!

    Cheers,
    Urban Coyote
     
  3. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I have some blue silver and gold birchen EE's, so yes, the birchen coloring will come through. The birchen pattern is separate from the blue gene.
     
  4. chickNjake

    chickNjake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well, her comb is a bit of a mess! [​IMG] I think it was either frost bitten a little at a time over the years or from a game rooster I had with her once that had a thing for Cochins! I think I can see the remains of five good points on the comb, I'll try to find a closer pic...
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    And I know she is lacking a lot in the silver in the neck [​IMG]
    Thanks!! [​IMG]
     
  5. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    If you do decide to breed any time soon, I 'd love to get some eggs from you. I have a nice little silver birchen roo that needs some companions.
     
  6. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you going to show? Personally it may be worth breeding her anyway. If they are not the type you want you can sell them. Cochins seem to sell fairly well.
     
  7. chickNjake

    chickNjake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't plan to show her as of now, but I may change my mind [​IMG]
    blisschick, I'll probably be trying for some blue birchens this spring, so I'll probably have a bunch of blues and blacks extra (that would carry the gene... i think) I'll keep you in mind! [​IMG]
     

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