Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
I think we might need a separate thread for Cochins. Because they aren't like other chickens. I, like Dreamcatcher, have chickens and Cochins - 2 separate categories. Cochins are for pets and their definite entertainment value.
I have 3, which are completely different.
Goldie Hawn is my favorite. Buff Cochin. She's the party-girl. She's a little confused and thinks she's a dog. Vocal, but soft-spoken. She hangs out with the dog and begs at the table. If the door is open, she comes right in and sits on the couch. If she had thumbs, she'd pop "Chicken-Run" into the DVD player, I'm sure. She's a good girl, and lays 3-4 eggs a week during "peak season", which might be a Cochin record.
Marilyn Monroe is my Diva. Brown Partridge Cochin. Nothing soft-spoken about this one. She squawks like a guinea-hen or peacock for 15 minutes to announce the arrival of her 2 weekly eggs. Her eggs are, of course, perfectly shaped, perfectly colored, perfectly smooth, and perfectly sized. Every time. And she knows it.
Marilyn is worth her weight in gold. Every Spring, she goes broody. After letting her sit on infertile eggs for a couple weeks, I swap her eggs out with chicks from the feed store in the middle of the night. In the morning she's a proud Momma, and I don't have to deal with brooders.
Delfina, Marilyn also gets confused about where her nest is at the start. I have a little broody-pen for her so she doesn't have anywhere else to go the first week. It’s an old plastic dog-house and a little enclosed “front yard” around it. Works like a charm. It’s also a great, safe place for her to start her chicks off in. Also remember that they will leave the nest daily until they have a clutch big enough that they think it's worthy of setting on. The eggs don't start to develop until the get sat on consistently.
Then there's KK (King Kong Koko-puff). Yes, I know that's 3 K's. But we couldn't very well call her KKK now, could we? Giant Blue Cochin. She runs like a sumo-wrestler. She's HUGE. That's my almost 5' daughter's lap she's sitting on. KK used to lay about 3 eggs a year. This year she's feelin' good, because I've gotten a whole dozen so far!!! It's amazing. When she starts up her factory, she spends a whole day preparing her nest. She won't lay anything that day - just preparation for the blessed event. She'll continue building a nest big and deep enough for a small eagle for another day or two, chirping and singing all the time. Then she gets down to work. It's taken up to 4 hours. And finally - drumroll... Out pops an egg the size of a quail-egg. How proud she is!
I will always have some Cochins. They make me smile no matter what.
Last edited by freia; 06-12-2013 at 06:11 PM.