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 Post subject: Re: Cochin Breed Profile
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:02 pm 
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I had my first proper go at showing, at the Malvern 3 counties show at the weekend. I have visited plenty of shows, but the friendliness of the white coats, and the huge size of the show was just incredible. Far to many eateries and shops cheese tasting wine tasting beer and cider tasting. The show was too big to see everything in one day and well worth a visit The showing was over all three days in fact I got caught out as it said you could pen your birds on the Thursday, but no later than 0800hrs Friday. So I assumed the judging was to be on Saturday. So left the washing of a couple of birds, the buff pullet and the black cock was a late stand in for a Partridge cochin who took to fighting two bays before. Added to that was a cuckoo who took exception to being washed and took to doing laps round the kitchen, which the dogs viewed, and when it was obvious I had no control joined in!! Broken tails and flight feathers the result.

I was very surprised a short time after penning, Mike Hatcher and his wife Sylvia came walking up the main concourse. I took a quick exit stage left. He started judging at 0830 on the Friday and he was still at it coming towards 1700hrs, during which I don't think he had a break. Anyway he did me proud. So I am now the proud custodian of the "Osborne Trophy" For the buff boy. Pictures are rubbish but I think I have lost my camera.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:22 pm 
congratulations on your win Tim, from both of us.

preparing birds for shows has its hazards. i remember burning a heap of indian game legs, well they burned themselves with not getting out of the way. have singed tail feathers, had birds brawl when i have been out of the room...both hens and roosters. it would be an even harder job with the birds the size of yours.

i was just washing a white indian today trying to get the red mud off and using some potent soap. an improvement but not really white.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:04 pm 
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I was told to use a horse shampoo called Cowboy magic, "Shine in Yellow out" It seemed to do the job on the pullet. Made in the US I'll expect Aussie donkey wallopers will have suppliers down there.

http://www.centralsaddlery.co.uk/produc ... ions=10882

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:25 am 
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Thanks Timbo :thumbs:

I just " Love" your white Cochin girl :biggrin: , wish I could see her in person :mrgreen:


And winter solstice was yesterday so now my girls will start laying and I'll start incubating :chicks:

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:41 am 
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You're always welcome to pop in just like Ruff did! :biggrin: :wink: Looks like he won a rice measure and some dead flowers too! :P

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Now that's a " much" better pic of him 8) , happy and curious in his own environment. Having a sip of wine from his " Goblet" to celebrate :thumbs:

And what simply " gorgeous" legs, looks like a Teddy bear :biggrin:

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Did you notice the rennies behind him, just incase he over indulgies!! :rofl: :rofl: :thumbs:

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Last minute reminder to all Cochin breeders that the national show is on the weekend of the 9th of July at Queanbeyan Poultry Club (showgrounds) by invitation of the Orpington Club of Australia. Penning 8am and no later than 10.30 am entries will be taken on the day $1.00 entry fee $1.50 non members ph Bryan on 0415303464 or myself on 0427732270.

Lets make it a good show, Brahmas also being shown. Well known and experienced judge Kim George will be judging


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:09 am 
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Hi All, thanks for an awesome time in Queanbeyan!

The results from the 2011 National Brahma and Cochin show are listed below.

Cochin Breeders Group of Australia Show Results
Champion Cochin – Paul Rodgers (Buff hen)
Best Buff – Paul Rodgers (Buff hen)
Best AOC – Victoria Fulton (Blue Buff Columbian cock)

The Brahma Club of Australia Show Results
Champion – Neal and Linda Lynch (Bantam Dark cockerel)
Reserve Champion – Joel Giusti (Standard Black hen)
Champion Standard – Joel Giusti (Black hen)
Champion Bantam – Neal and Linda Lynch (Dark cockerel)
Best Hen or Pullet – Joel Giusti (Standard Black hen)
Champion Junior – Natasha Mahr (Standard Blue Buff Columbian pullet)
Best Standard Light – Paul Rodgers (Light pullet)
Best Standard Dark – Bryan Jon (Dark hen)
Best Standard Partridge – Lucas Barker (Partridge pullet)
Best Standard Columbian AC – Natasha Mahr (Blue Buff Columbian pullet)
Best Standard Self Colour AC – Joel Giusti (Black hen)
Best Standard Barred AC – Franz Mahr (Barred Buff Columbian cockerel)
Best Standard AOC – Bryan Jon (Birchin cockerel)
Best Bantam Light – Neal and Linda Lynch (Light cockerel)
Best Bantam Dark – Neal and Linda Lynch (Dark cockerel)
Best Bantam Partridge – No birds benched
Best Bantam Columbian AC – Cindy Pretty (Blue Buff Columbian hen)
Best Bantam Self Colour AC – No Birds benched
Best Bantam AOC – Joel Giusti (Barred cock)

See link below to our website for more details and photos when they are uploaded.

http://brahmacochin.webs.com/apps/blog/

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Thanks Luke for putting these up, it was a great show and we are as a club looking forward to the new genetics that the import syndicate will bring in. Should really help the breeds to move forward


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Hi all thinking of getting some Buff Cochins but I don't know a lot about them so have a few questions.

Are Cochins good broodys and what is their egg laying like? I think I read somewhere that they are dual purpose so what is their meat like? What age do the pullets usually start laying?

I know it probably varies from strain to strain but a generalisation would be helpful so I know what to expect.

Great by topic the way very interesting and helpful posts :thumbs:

Thanks in advance :thanks:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:23 pm 
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Reasonable layers in the spring, good broodies and mothers


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:17 am 
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I would have to say my Cochins are good layers, better than reasonable. I don't have any Cochins older than 3 yrs and they lay about 5 eggs a week and come back on the lay faster than my others.

I cannot comment about their meat because I don't eat my own chooks ( personal preference :roll: ) but I'd imagine it'd be quite meaty due to their size but someone else can comment on that.

They go broody yes but are fabulous mothers.

Roosters are not flighty and are very easy to handle.

And besides all that they are great to look at. :mrgreen:

I class them as a very good all round breed :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:40 am 
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Hi,
I agree with FF. Good layers, excellent mothers. Not too too good as a broody as they are so big they squash eggs.I haven't eaten them but they have lots of meat on them. Mine are fed to come into lay late so mine are more to the 9 month age before laying.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:24 am 
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This is one of the hens who did a group brood. She went and laid another clutch and sat them 100% hatch no breakages. so I added some silver laced at dark o'clock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lltMr4_3Jdg


Well done on the cochin results!! Any chance of some pictures of the entrants please?

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