You’re not alone, lots of people don’t like chicken feet! But what if they were covered in feathers? Here are a few breeds that you might like because they wear fuzzy slippers.
Brahma – This breed is known for its large size, gentle disposition & feathered feet. Eggs: About 200 per year. Size: Standard: 8lbs. | Bantam: 34 oz. Cochin – Known for their docile personalities & large size & big fluffy feet. Eggs: 2-3 eggs per week medium brown or tinted. Size: 8-8.5 lbs. | Bantam: Just under 2 lbs. Silkie – Has fluffy feathers all over its body, including on its feet & toes. Eggs: On average, about 120 small, cream-colored eggs per year. Size: 2-3 lbs.
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.
Yesterday was hatch day. My usual redundant morning chores were certainly more exciting, to say the least when I was greeted by newly hatched fuzzy butts. This was the first time hatching eggs for Peaches, a four-year-old Silkie hen. She’s very proud and protective of her babies, nevertheless, I’m keeping a close watch on her inexperienced mothering. The brooder is set up and ready to go if needed. This was a trial run for Peaches, the fertile eggs I placed under her were a barnyard mix. What I know for sure is the eggs are from a Leghorn and an Ameraucana. But the rooster? That will remain a mystery. It will be a nice change to have birds other than Silkies and Cochins in my barn, these little hatch-a-longs will remain here as permanent members of the flock. Mamma and chicks will be moved to the barn with the others, confined to a corner in full view of the flock at 2-3 weeks old.
Meet Piper, just hangin’ out lookin’ pretty this morning. She looks huge to me, I’m used to having only Silkies. Piper was one of a few chicks I bought at a week old to help keep some babies warm in the brooder. I sold all her sisters when the Silkie chicks were 8 weeks old, but somehow the mighty giant Piper managed to steal my heart. She will remain here, her kind way and timid behavior allows her to fit right in with the docile manner of the other birds.