Posted Nov 19, 2014
Sometimes hatcheries include a few "extra" chicks in with an order as freebies. Typically, these extras are usually unwanted males that serve body warmth purposes in shipping. Our hatchery advertises a free "exotic" chick with every order of a certain number. I received a little feather legged chick that I didn't think much of in my order recently and one of my sons wanted to adopt him. He named him Professor X. The Professor has become a popular member of the flock and has intrigued me on the cochin breed as a whole, prompting an interest in perhaps owning a few more in my upcoming order. The feathered legs were a turn off initially, since it seemed that they would become dirty and and matted, but thus far, that has proven to be a misconception on my part. My favorite thing about the Professor is his incredible docile temperament. We have owned several roosters and they have all had a teenage surge of hormones that usually manifest in a period of aggression. For some it is short lived and others stay aggressive longer. The professor has yet to attack anyone or anything. I think the cochin nature is a large factor, and perhaps the fact that my son spent so much time holding and carrying him that helped to facilitate a peaceful relationship between him and humans. He is technically a blue cochin, but has inherited the "splash" coloring. The Professor has made me a fan of the cochin and I look forward to seeing more of them in my coop.