I began to study “cochinology” several years ago following a chance visit to Jack Killeen’s “Heather Bank”. A friend was going to purchase some young Partridge Cochins and invited me along saying “I would find it interesting.” How right he was! Being suitably impressed with both the size and majesty of mature Cochins and Jack’s no nonsense approach to doing a deal, the next day I contacted him to enquire if he had any more to sell? Only some young blacks were available, so a trio was purchased. From then on, under Jack’s guidance, over the next few years as our friendship developed, other colours were acquired including Partridge, buff, white and mottled. All were Jack’s strains which I always regarded as “on loan”, so if he encountered any disasters the bloodlines were still available to him to retrieve birds and carry on. This preservation continues today with the occasional addition of new blood.
As with many things in life I find there is always something new to learn, hence the coining of the word “cochinology”. The definition of an “ology” is “a subject of study; a branch of knowledge” so it seems quite apt.
To be Chairman of such an historic society is a privilege and I look forward to meeting fellow “cochinologists” both young and old, learning from their combined knowledge and making sure that this friendly and welcoming Club continues its success!