(from McMurray Hatchery)
Black Cochin Bantams are very gentle, are excellent sitters and lay lots of eggs. They have great mothering skills and are often used as “foster moms” for other breeds of poultry.
So I bought my rooster, "SHINE" and two black hens (I haven't thought of names for them yet. ~ any suggestions???) from a poultry breeder who has been breeding and showing chickens for over 50 years!
I love this picture of Shine with one of his hens peaking out from behind him. The hens definitely count on their rooster to protect them and keep them safe!
Mine are "banty" (smaller) Cochins and I already love them! They are so CALM ! They don't freak out every time I go near their pen. They don't appear to be good flyers so I am able to keep them in a pen (indoors) that only has 4 foot high panels! As opposed to the Ameraucanas, for which I had to fence all the way up to the ceiling and also fence off the ceiling so they can't fly up into the rafters!
As I look through these photos it's hard for me to believe that I took them all! On the same day ~ in the same barn. Granted, the first 3 were taken in the ram's stall with natural light (I'm not sure why that gives the pictures a bluish tint, but it does), and the latter ones I took in the newly finished 'Cochin pen' with a flash. It's amazing the difference the surrounding colors have on the appearance of the total photograph!
I've made up separate pens for the Cochins and the new Ameraucanas. I figure since I paid for pure-bred stock, I may as well try breeding for a couple batches of pure-bred chicks! I left the door open from the Cochin's pen to the backyard for a while today but they never even ventured out! Someday, I'd like to have a REAL chicken barn with separate runs for my various breeds...
..."Oh yeah, she's got it bad..."