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Just thought I'd show off some pictures of my lil fuzzy silkied Cochin bantam kids from yesterday. 馃榿 The numbers are their hatch order, just for my reference. They hatched at the end of May, so they're roughly 2-and-a-half months old now. It's hard to tell from pictures because some of them are suuuper dark, but Wash, Diesel, Hank, and Harley are my Blues, and the rest of them are Black.

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Also, here are Myrtle, Dandy, and Zinnia, last year's babies, hanging out in their little tarp hammock yesterday. Gus was too busy with big, important rooster business to come over for a picture, I guess. 馃ぃ

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I had to go back and look again. The little boys don't even have the hard feathers in their tails that silkie boys do.

Had I known those guys existed I just might still have a few.
 

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Haha, yup, they're all fuzz! They are pretty irresistible little darlings! 馃槏
 

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More fuzzies from this morning! 鉂 These are just shot with my cell phone so not as sharp as the others, but I thought they were cute enough to share anyway. 馃槉 A curious Harley:

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Diesel, what a handsome young man! 馃槏

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Bella looking very intently at the camera lens 馃ぃ

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Zinnia with almost the same face 馃ぃ

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And I see now why Gus didn't want his picture taken the other day. He's ragged from molting, poor boy!

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Gus looks like he wants to hurt someone.

You know that last pic is pretty stunning. He's absolutely beautiful.

What is the status for them being accepted into a standard? Is anyone trying?
 

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Haha, can't blame him for the dirty looks, he's like a pin cushion right now! My poor guy! He is quite the looker, though, isn't he? Just wait until he's all finished molting. 馃槏

I don't know of anyone actively working on getting them accepted, but of course I only know of a couple other farms with them at the moment. I'd love to see it happen! It wouldn't be terribly difficult to get them in the standard since they're a variety of an accepted breed rather than an entirely new breed for the standard, right? Not even really a new variety as much as like a different feather style, I guess? They're still Blue and Black Cochin bantams, for example, just silkied, like how frizzle Cochins are still Cochins, just frizzled? I don't show my birds, so I'm not well versed in the processes involved there. 馃き
 

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It's really involved getting them accepted into the standard. It might be easier to get them in then it is new varieties. The only way to know is for someone to join the Cochin club and introduce them.

I didn't show mine either. I didn't want to put them through that stress.

He really is stunning even when he's not fully suited out. I can see where they could become a really popular new bird to possess.
 

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It's so funny how they are bigger and all fuzz and no feathers.
 

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It's really involved getting them accepted into the standard. It might be easier to get them in then it is new varieties. The only way to know is for someone to join the Cochin club and introduce them.

I didn't show mine either. I didn't want to put them through that stress.

He really is stunning even when he's not fully suited out. I can see where they could become a really popular new bird to possess.
Gotcha, I'll have to look into that! Agree on not stressing the birds! I also hate to think of possibly exposing them to illness or parasites at a show. 馃槵

Also Gus thanks you! 馃榿 He's got looks and personality for sure. He's the only rooster I own who will willingly climb into my lap for cuddles. 馃槏 The rest of them for the most part don't mind being held, but I guess they don't want to ruin their tough-guy reputations by coming to me for attention like Gus does. :ROFLMAO: I'm hoping the cockerels from this year will mature to be much the same.



It's so funny how they are bigger and all fuzz and no feathers.
The fact that they stay chick-fuzzy all their lives is one of my favorite things about them! 鉂
 

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Have you or the other farms ever talked to them in the Cochin club about your birds? I'd really like to see what their reaction would be. You all could be sitting on some money if you wanted to take them further.

Have you noticed any obstacles in breeding. No genetic problems? No fatal genes?
 

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Gotcha, I'll have to look into that! Agree on not stressing the birds! I also hate to think of possibly exposing them to illness or parasites at a show. 馃槵

Also Gus thanks you! 馃榿 He's got looks and personality for sure. He's the only rooster I own who will willingly climb into my lap for cuddles. 馃槏 The rest of them for the most part don't mind being held, but I guess they don't want to ruin their tough-guy reputations by coming to me for attention like Gus does. :ROFLMAO: I'm hoping the cockerels from this year will mature to be much the same.





The fact that they stay chick-fuzzy all their lives is one of my favorite things about them! 鉂
Oh they do? Wow!
 

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Have you or the other farms ever talked to them in the Cochin club about your birds? I'd really like to see what their reaction would be. You all could be sitting on some money if you wanted to take them further.

Have you noticed any obstacles in breeding. No genetic problems? No fatal genes?
I haven't. I'll have to talk to the lady at the farm I got my Blues and Blacks from to see if she has. She works with large fowl Cochins as well, so she may just be part of the club! She and I both think silkied Cochin bantams are wonderful, to the extent that we've discussed that we both kinda just want to keep them and no smooth bantams, but I have had experience with Cochin bantam enthusiasts finding the silkied varieties ugly. A complete shock to me! 馃槱 I, personally, am not a fan of frizzled Cochins and find them much less practical, yet they're super popular and my precious fuzzies are left in the dark! Oh, well! 馃し鈥嶁檧锔 I'd love to see them become just as popular as frizzles some day. 馃槏 They're just so precious to me 鉂

I've not bred any of the Blues and Blacks yet, though judging from the hatch rates I've gotten from the other farm's eggs, they don't seem to have any issues! My Reds had some fertility issues the last time I tried to hatch them, but it's hard to say if it was just their age at that point or something genetic. Previous hatches were pretty normal for fertility. I'm not overly fond of that particular family of colors in chickens, so I keep the Reds as pets to live out their lives, but I don't intend to continue with breeding them, other than maybe the occasional hatch just for fun. 馃槉



Oh they do? Wow!
Haha, yup! I mean, their feathers are not technically the same as chick down, but they're similar in appearance and texture, and the birds are quite adorable for it! 馃槏
 

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I haven't. I'll have to talk to the lady at the farm I got my Blues and Blacks from to see if she has. She works with large fowl Cochins as well, so she may just be part of the club! She and I both think silkied Cochin bantams are wonderful, to the extent that we've discussed that we both kinda just want to keep them and no smooth bantams, but I have had experience with Cochin bantam enthusiasts finding the silkied varieties ugly. A complete shock to me! 馃槱 I, personally, am not a fan of frizzled Cochins and find them much less practical, yet they're super popular and my precious fuzzies are left in the dark! Oh, well! 馃し鈥嶁檧锔 I'd love to see them become just as popular as frizzles some day. 馃槏 They're just so precious to me 鉂

I've not bred any of the Blues and Blacks yet, though judging from the hatch rates I've gotten from the other farm's eggs, they don't seem to have any issues! My Reds had some fertility issues the last time I tried to hatch them, but it's hard to say if it was just their age at that point or something genetic. Previous hatches were pretty normal for fertility. I'm not overly fond of that particular family of colors in chickens, so I keep the Reds as pets to live out their lives, but I don't intend to continue with breeding them, other than maybe the occasional hatch just for fun. 馃槉





Haha, yup! I mean, their feathers are not technically the same as chick down, but they're similar in appearance and texture, and the birds are quite adorable for it! 馃槏
There are those that think Silkies are the ugliest things going so I'm not surprised there are those that don't like them.

Well bred Cochins of any type are always fantastic to look at.
 

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Haha, yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of Silkies, myself, but only because I don't really like breeds with larger crests, especially if they're also bearded. I just prefer to be able to see my birds' faces, and that they're able to see clearly as well. 鉂 The fuzzy feathering, I can't get enough of. 馃ぃ

Truly, they are! Glorious, round poofs that waddle along across the ground with their little puff-tails held high 馃槏 I love them so much!
 

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My sister got some white silkie's not long ago and they were chicks, she sold them I guess cause she couldn't handle them any longer. Here are some pics of them. They were cute, I guess there were just too many to care for.
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LOL What did she do? I didn't even have that many chicks at one time.
She sold them cause she had too many. She had probably like 35. And I know it's a lot of babies to care for.
 

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That's a lot of Silkies! Wow!! They are pretty cute as babies, I agree. You can see their faces at that age, though, so I guess they don't bother me as much. :ROFLMAO:

I think the most chicks I had at a time was 22 or somewhere in that vicinity, back in 2017. Carrying that many birds back and forth every single day from their brooder to their daytime pen and vice versa was exhausting! o_O And I got a whopping 5 pullets to show for it that year, so I guess my luck with cockerels hasn't changed much! :ROFLMAO:
 
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