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post #591 of 1018 Old 06-12-2013, 04:29 PM
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Well either my Cochin *forgot* her nest AGAIN or she's sharing it. She was sitting on her egg but there were also 2 americauna eggs and a cuckoo maran egg under her too.

I'm not convinced she really wants chicks, I think she's just enjoying that I bring her handfuls of treats that she doesn't have to share each day.
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post #592 of 1018 Old 06-12-2013, 06:03 PM
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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.
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post #593 of 1018 Old 06-12-2013, 06:46 PM
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Now see, I had a Buff Cochin rooster and that sucker was MEAN. I still have a scar on my leg from where he got territorial over my horses and spurred me when I took one out of "his" lot to ride. I watched this same rooster swallow full sized field mice WHOLE. Made me scared to even think about another Cochin, lol. He was pretty, but that's about all I can say for him. The only picture I have of him is this one...
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post #594 of 1018 Old 06-12-2013, 08:20 PM
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Now see, I had a Buff Cochin rooster and that sucker was MEAN. I still have a scar on my leg from where he got territorial over my horses and spurred me when I took one out of "his" lot to ride. I watched this same rooster swallow full sized field mice WHOLE. Made me scared to even think about another Cochin, lol. He was pretty, but that's about all I can say for him. The only picture I have of him is this one...
I've gotten to the point that the only place I allow a rooster to sit is on a plate and a bed of rice. I've gone to no roo's and life is a whole lot more peaceful around here. My Cochin hens are the pacifists of the lot. Even the Guineas boss them around

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Freia, in the 2nd picture, looks like Marilyn has a better sit on her then your dog :) Is she actually begging for treats from your daughter?!
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post #596 of 1018 Old 06-12-2013, 10:09 PM
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Freia, in the 2nd picture, looks like Marilyn has a better sit on her then your dog :) Is she actually begging for treats from your daughter?!
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Yes, she is. I don't think she's doing so much of a "sit" as she is suffering from the fact that I don't think cochins actually have legs . She and the dog sit next to the table and beg whenever we eat outside. My rule is no feeding at the table, so after dinner, the kids step to the side of the table and feed them both leftovers. One for the dog, one for the chicken, one for the dog, chicken, etc. They're both very polite. If Goldie feels snubbed, she does her signature "begging cluck": It's always 4 short clucks in succession, running right up the scale with a question-like upturn after the last cluck - bock bock bock bock? We know exactly what it means.

Goldie thinks she's a lab. Apparently, Apachiedragon's Buff Cochin rooster also thought he was a dog - more like a guard-dog though. A Great Pyraneese guarding the herd, perhaps? Judging from the size of the spurs on Goldie's legs, I can't imagine the firepower her male counterpart would have.
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All due apologies for mixing up your girls ;) Goldie sounds like a special one indeed.
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post #598 of 1018 Old 06-12-2013, 11:42 PM
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Oh Cochins have legs....you just don't get to see them because of all the "formal feathers" draping them.



They're very modest birds, ya know.
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My peacock George just passed away. We don't know his age, but I suspect he was on up there. Lately he seemed to be slowing down a little. This AM, I brought him up to the back yard and he was eating and honking and sunning himself. It appears that he just lay down in a sunny spot and passed. RIP, sweet old man.

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My peacock George just passed away. We don't know his age, but I suspect he was on up there. Lately he seemed to be slowing down a little. This AM, I brought him up to the back yard and he was eating and honking and sunning himself. It appears that he just lay down in a sunny spot and passed. RIP, sweet old man.
Oh no- so sorry to hear that But, there's something beautiful and peaceful about him just quietly slipping away in the sun. If we could all be that lucky when it's our turn...
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