How To Tell A Cochin Rooster From A Hen

It can be difficult to tell the difference between roosters and hens. Roosters tend to start growing their combs out around 4 weeks or so. Their comb will get redder and larger while the hens’ combs will stay small and light pink colored.

At what age can you tell if a chicken is a rooster?

It’s easiest to differentiate poultry gender when they’ve reached adulthood, which occurs between 16-24 weeks. Generally, roosters are much larger than hens. Their combs (on top of their heads) and wattles (hanging down from cheek area) are more noticeable and redder. Finally, only hens lay eggs.

What does a Cochin hen look like?

Aside from being gigantic chickens, Cochins are covered in thick, soft feathers. Even their legs and feet are covered in these feathers. Cochins have single combs that are small and rounded in hens and medium-sized in roosters. They have well-rounded wattles that are small in hens and long in roosters.

Do Cochin hens have wattles?

Cochin Appearance The fullness of the feathering gives them the appearance of being much larger than they actually are. The Cochin wears a single, five-point comb which should be read, as are the wattles and ear lobes. The eyes are a golden yellow. The beak varies with the overall color of the bird.

How do I identify a rooster?

Rooster Appearance Roosters will have a larger comb and wattles. Both should be firm to the touch, feel a little waxy and have good, deep coloration. The neck and shoulder area will usually be adorned with hackles. These are long, pointed neck feathers that flow down into the back.

How do you tell if a chick is a boy or girl?

The sex of most breeds of chicken cannot be determined at hatching. Usually, by 6 to 8 weeks of age, the combs and wattles of male chicks will be larger and redder than those of females, as in the photo of sablepoot chicks below (male on the left and females on the right). Often the legs of males are chunkier too.

What color are Cochin chickens?

Cochins are recognized by the American Poultry Association in several color patterns: Buff, Partridge, White, Black, Silver Laced, Golden Laced, Blue, Brown, and Barred (listed in order of development). They were admitted to the Standard of Perfection in 1874.

What does a Buff Cochin look like?

Buff–These birds are a light golden brown. Brown–Brown Cochins are a deep, reddish-brown. Barred–This striking pattern looks like a black and white zigzag pattern. Gold laced–This intricate color pattern involves golden feathers lined (or laced) in black.

What color egg does a Cochin lay?

What is a Barred Cochin?

Barred Cochin chickens are a massive Asiatic breed covered with an extraordinary abundance of soft, fluffy colored feathers. The Barred Cochin has light and dark colors alternating in parallel lines along each feather, making for a beautifully striped bird from tip to toe. Extremely eye catching.

Is a Cochin a bantam?

Cochins are the most popular of the feather footed legged bantams and one of our best sellers.

Do female chickens have red combs?

With chickens, red combs and wattles are a sign of sexual maturity – not gender. When a pullet (female chicken under 1 year of age) nears point of lay (sexual maturity) her comb and wattles will grow and turn red. Sometimes, largely depending on the breed, the pullets will have bigger combs than the cockerels.

How can you tell if a 12 week old chicken is a rooster?

Usually by 12 weeks they’ll be impossible to miss. Depending on the breed they may be colored differently than the other feathers. Hackle feathers are found on the neck, in roosters they are also elongated and pointy. Hens also have hackle feathers but they will be more rounded at the ends.

How many types of Cochin chickens are there?

Seventeen color varieties of bantam Cochins are recognized by the American Bantam Association, including Black Tailed Red, Birchen, Golden Laced, Columbian, and Lemon Blue. They are second only to the English Game bantam chicken in popularity. Temperament: Friendly, docile, good mothers.

What do Cochin eggs look like?

Cochin chicken eggs are brown and on the average, they’ll give you 2 small to medium eggs per week. They can also produce large eggs in winter months, if the conditions are right, but most of the time, Cochin chicken breeders give their flock a break from laying during the winter.

What is the origin of the Cochin chicken?

Origin: The Cochin originates from China in the Shanghai province, in 1840. Along with the Brahma, the Cochin was part of the reason for “Hen Fever”, a crazy over chicken breeds in the United States and England around the mid-1800’s. The Cochin was further developed in the U.S. and is known worldwide for their looks.

Are Cochins good mothers?

COCHINS. Cochins are extremely likely to set and love to take care of their chicks. Cochins are available in both Bantam and standard sizes. Both are extremely likely to sit on their eggs and make great mothers, but the Bantams even more so.

Are Cochin chickens cold hardy?

Typically, Cochins are an excellent cold hardy choice with their stout, round bodies & super fluffy feathers. But when the feathers curl around and don’t lay flat against the body, they lose their insulating power.

Are Cochin chickens loud?

Cochin. These large and quiet birds are also a heritage breed. The massive puffy balls of feathers are absolutely lovable, so much in fact, the Queen of England once kept them as pets. While they are quiet and adorable, they are only mediocre layers.