The Gentle Giants
Cochin chickens are known for their soft feathers and fluffy robust appearance. They have a round body, long silky plumage, feathered feet, and a single comb. They lay a fair number of brown or tinted small to medium eggs. You can expect approximately 2 eggs per week.
This breed may not be a prolific layer, but are still quite worthy for their broody tendencies, and their stunning appearance of course! They’re often used to hatch fertile eggs from other birds, however, don’t be in a big hurry, the Cochin is very slow to mature.
If your looking for a docile, peaceful, friendly, and easily handled breed, this buxom beauty is for you.
I find Cochins don’t fancy scratching around in the dirt as much as most other breeds. They are also not a fan of high perches. They prefer free roam, but confine quite well.
They’re considered a heavy breed weighing in at about 11 lbs for roosters, and 8 to 8.5 lbs. for hens.
Bantams: A hen will be just under 2 lbs. and the rooster, about 2 lbs.
The Cochin chicken breed arrived on the shores of Britain and America from the port of Shanghai, China in the mid 1800s. This fancy breed has a wide variety of colorful outfits, in buff, white, black, blue, partridge and cuckoo.
The Plymouth Rock, also called the Barred Rock, is an American breed of domestic chicken. It is a dual-purpose hardy breed, raised both for meat and eggs. This friendly sweet breed has a single comb with five points; the comb, wattles and ear-lobes are bright red. The legs are yellow and unfeathered.
Though the Plymouth Rock tolerates confinement, they’re most happy when allowed to free range. All varieties of Plymouth Rock aside from the Barred and White varieties are relatively rare. The Plymouth Rock is a good setter, meaning it has strong maternal instincts, and a good choice for brooding.
Weight: Heavy, 7-8 lbs
Bantam, 3.0 lbs. Male
Bantam, 2.5 lbs Female
Use: Dual Purpose
Egg Color: Brown
Varieties: White, Buff, Silver Penciled, Partridge, Columbian, Blue, Black
The Australorp is a fairly recent arrival on the chicken scene, but in it’s relatively short history it has made a huge impression on chicken keepers and the poultry industry the world over… Continue Reading
Source: The Happy Chicken Coop
What, you may ask is a frizzle? It is most definitely a chicken, but a chicken with a very unusual look and some special needs to go with the look.
They are fun, conspicuous and lovable – what more can you ask of the chickens in your life?
They are treated differently in some countries as we shall see, but they are most definitely loved around the world.
Today we are going to talk about this unusual looking bird and whether or not it would be an ideal addition to your backyard flock… CONTINUE READING
Source: Frizzle Chicken: Breed Profile, Care Guide and More…