Fluffy Standard Cochin… Pretty!

Meet Piper, just hangin’ out lookin’ pretty this morning. She looks huge to me, I’m used 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.

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Standard Silver Laced Cochin Pullet

Meet Alex, seven week old Silver Laced Cochin, named after character ‘Alex Vause’ on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. She’s my curious bird, the explorer, and always in my way when cleaning. She’s fearless, and the one I expect to be the first to step out of the grow pen on freedom day… in about two more months.

If you’re a fan of the Orange is the New Black show, notice Alex looks like she’s wearing the same statement eyeliner as character Alex Vause. ha ha!

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Chicks, Chicks, and More Chicks!

This little lady is a standard Silver Laced Cochin, she’s 3.5 weeks old and growing fast. I don’t usually raise standards, my preference is definitely bantams, butĀ  sometimes we have to veer a little from the norm, right?

Right now there are Silkies in the brooder, cochins, and next month I’ll have eight Mille Fleur d’Uccle Bantams arriving. This will surely keep me busy through the winter. Come spring I’ll pick the birds I want to keep, and the rest will be sold.

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It is doubtful that any other single breed of chicken has inspired more people to keep poultry as a hobby or fancy. When the Cochin chicken made its debut outside of China it was met with astonishment, wonder, and awe. Continue Reading