We have bred and shown cochins here in Maine for many years. Although we have been fortunate to win more than our share, the friendships we have fostered have been priceless. The support and kindness that we have received from the many poultry breeders here in the Northeast has been immeasurable. From the members of the Central Maine Bird Fanciers ... their officers Forrest Hooper and Austin Brann... to our major show competitors Charlie, Jeff, Donna and Bob... Sharon and I say "thank you" for all the competition and good times!
I would be remiss if I didn't leave the greatest thanks of all to my father, Norman...who is 83 years young and still can raise a cochin worthy of "Best of Breed"! Although we haven't always agreed on how to raise that perfect cochin, my hobby wouldn't be the same without him. Dad...
Currently, we raise cochins in the following colors: Blue, Black, Splash, Buff, Black Mottles, Blue Mottles and Whites. In the past I have bred some of the other cochin colors, but in an attempt to simplify my time... I have concentrated in the colors listed above. In the last few years I have shipped our cochins to all parts of North America... from Alaska... to California... to Bermuda and everywhere in between. My initial goal is to win Best or Reserve Cochin in a given color class, with the ultimate goal of winning Best Cochin. Being one who loves color genetics, winning BB with a color other than Black or White has become the #1 challenge. I have accomplished the coveted BB or RB award with Blacks, Whites, and recently with both Blues and Mottles.
Our show record in itself is not really important to anyone other than myself. But we have won at all of the shows here in the Northeast including Boston, Oxford, Springfield, Middleboro, Windsor, Little Rhody, and Union.
We are proud of our accomplishments and have worked very hard at the hobby.
We breed from approximately 5 pair per color and do not breed hundreds just to sell birds.
There is very little I would change about my life, the cochin challenge has been a big part.