Almost a year ago there was a big ball of animated buff-colored fluff. This grew into a proud standard cochin rooster.
Those familiar with chickens or chicken catalogues know cochins as these eight inch tall bantams. They have lots of feathers making them look fluffy. There is little tail so their ends are rather rounded. They have feathers down their legs and fans of feathers over their feet.
The color pattern I really liked was like a barred rock chicken: black and white stripes. The bantams were on display at a county fair.
Bantams don’t do well in my hen house. Chickens are mean to each other. The top hen pecks the other hens. Each pecks on the hens below her.
The poor hen at the bottom is picked on by everyone. This is a pecking order. And bantams, being small, are at the bottom.
Thumbing through a chicken catalog many years ago I found cochins came in standard or big size too. I ordered some chicks.
Standard cochins are much bigger than even Buff Orpingtons in looks. Pick one up and much of the size is fluff.
These are gentle birds. They look like fluff balls on fluff balls to me as they walk around.
The last of my last cochins had died of old age. I ordered chicks last spring. Normally I order pullets when I have a flock rooster, but standard cochins only come straight run which means males and females are mixed.
Extra roosters are called dinner. Too many roosters harass the hens so they don’t lay many eggs. And this little buff standard cochin rooster was called dinner.
Somehow I never got around to having that chicken dinner. The rooster grew up. He is gorgeous.
The flock Arcana rooster is not impressed and tries to chase him. There was a pile of buff feathers near the coop the other day.
Mr. Pantaloons, my proud standard cochin rooster, took it in stride. After all, he is twice the size of his angry rival. They have an uneasy truce for now.
Chickens are a great 4-H project as they are for Hazel in “Mistaken Promises“.