Josie is a bantam Cochin. We are not exactly sure what her coloring is supposed to be. She was hatched from a pen of all Cochins on another farm, but we think she is pretty and she is so incredibly sweet. She lays a beautiful cream colored egg almost daily, except for right now as she is very broody.
I noticed she was going broody and decided to give her some eggs to sit on to see if she will be a good natural incubator for us. In the first couple of days she would sweetly share the next box; I think secretly she thought this was a good way to have more eggs to sit on. I decided it would be best to move her to her own little pen to raise her babies.
I will give her credit for showing her tough mama attitude as she sits on her first clutch of eggs. As of March 2, 2014 she is sittin gon two mixed cochin bantam eggs, one is hers and the other belongs to Ethel our red Cochin bantam hen, and 7 Serama eggs. As each day passes she becomes more and more protective of those eggs. She will tolerate a few simple strokes on the back of her head and under her beak from me but I see the day in the very near future in which she will peck the heck out of my hand if I try to pet her while she is sitting on those eggs. Her warning cry lacks a bit of fear-inducing drama, but she makes her point to me clearly to leave her alone.