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Would this be a good match? (Bantam Cochins)

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by L&Schickens, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Songster

    Jun 9, 2008
    Washington State
    These are my only 2 cochins. They are not related and I am really not into them that much. But they might make good show birds for my son. Anyway, do you think they would cross well? I think my hen is a little light, but she is only 5 months old. The roo is 7 months old. What colors could I get out of them? And round, fluffyness? Are they good enough to keep or are they junkers that need to be sold?



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  2. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    imo they are not full enough. A bantam cochin breeder I know says they should be as wide as they are tall. They are still young, but I think they are still too tall. jmo [​IMG]
  3. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Songster

    Jun 9, 2008
    Washington State
    Thank you. That is great! Just the kind of info I was looking for. I might hold onto them for a little while longer, but I think I will sell them eventually, as they are my only ones. I wanted Cochins for setting eggs, but I think I will get standards for that.
  4. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    They are excellent for setting on eggs. I would wait a bit and see what some other people who raise cochins say. Maybe I can get you a pic of my white pullet. Nevermind-she is molting and looks awful!
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  5. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    cochins should be round almost.feathers should be wide and not narrow.but if your son is showing let him start w/ these birds and learn exactly what judges are looking for. atleast he will have experience and fun in the meanwhile.
  6. Agree that they are too tall. Even my 2 month old bantam cochins are as wide as they are tall right now. You cannot even see their feet because the feathering is so much.
  7. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    You wont create anything show quality, as the parents aren't good type and their offspring wouldn't be a normal color. They probably wont do well at fairs even, or maybe just the fairs around here are very competitive with cochins.

    Have you ever thought of buying birds from a good breeder and having them shipped to you? It's an expensive choice but you could get birds of the same variety so you could produce show worthy birds and make profit from them, and then actually have a chance at doing well at shows.




    You can post here with what you're looking for:

    These breeders should have something available to ship this time of year:

  8. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Songster

    Jun 9, 2008
    Washington State
    Thank you so much for the replies. This is great!
    My son has some show Phoenix and Seramas and Brabanters too. The Phoenix are show quality that we got from my MIL who is a poultry judge in CA. So, Loren will have some good birds to show.
    I think I will sell these two as a pair. They will make nice lawn ornaments. I just don't really want feather legged birds with all the mud we have here. So, you have helped me make my decision.
    Thanks so much!
    (Anyone want to buy them? [​IMG])

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