Sunday, April 8, 2012

Cuckoo for Cochins

Chewy, Loola, and Lacey
Brie and I have lost it, truly. We've gone cuckoo for Cochins, Bantam Cochins. These little gems in the chicken world were originally from China, and we have fallen head over heels in love with this breed.

Diminutive in stature, but possessing giant personalities, Cochins have a unique way of wiggling into your heart.

Brie with Happy Feet
This all started with Happy Feet, remember her? Our broody girl was in the first batch of chicks we brought home. Happy Feet made it clear from the beginning that she was in charge.

Now, nearly two years later, we've started a separate flock of Cochin Bantams. Housed in their very own coop, the trio live large. Chewy, our roo, is a Lavender, and his best girl is Loola, also a Lavender. We tossed in a Birchen Cochin named Lacey, just to spice things up a bit.

Over Spring Break, the Cochin coop will be transformed into, appropriately enough, "The Love Shack." Painted a bright white, and adorned with flowers and hearts, the Love Shack will be home to the three musketeers. Since Brie is the resident artist, I respectfully pass the paint brush to her for this special project.

Check out those fluffy butts!
We hope to breed these fluffy-bottomed birds for families wanting to bring home kid-friendly chickens as pets. Pets with benefits: ones that make you a most delicious breakfast!

Brie with her BFF, Jules
And Chewy & Loola
Stay tuned as we embark on this new Simply Chicks adventure!

PS April 24, 2012
So, just a quick update from our earlier post: our little roo, Chewy, sadly enough, must be re-homed. He is waking up my husband at the wee hour of 5:30am. And a grumpy husband/dad on the weekends is something none of us need! Simply Chicks is going back to being, quite simply, all chicks. Fare thee well, Chewy. You will live a happy rooster's life on someone else's farm!