Other common names: Cochin Bantam
The Cochin Chicken is a breed which originated in China and was originally known as the "Chinese Shanghai chicken". The Cochin was brought to Europe and the U.S. in the mid-19th century and caused quite a sensation. The Cochin was one of the largest chickens seen, with cocks weighing up to 11 pounds (5 kg), and it also had soft and plentiful plumage.
There is some debate as to whether Bantam Cochins are the same breed as the Pekin Bantam chicken.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Barred, Black, Blue, Blue Mottled, Birchin, Brown, Brown Red, Buff, Buff Barred, Buff Columbian, Columbian, Gold Laced, Lavender, Lemon Blue, Mille Fluer, Mottled, Partridge, Silver Laced, White
Cochins come in a variety called frizzled, in which the feathers are turned outwards.
Uses: Brooding, Pets, Ornamental
Bantam: 28 - 32 oz
Largefowl: 8.5 - 11 lbs
Personality: Very sweet and easy to tame. Due to their petite size and temperament, Cochin bantams are a common pet for children.
Broody: Yes, persistently broody.
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good, when not broody (3/week)
Egg color: Cream
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
Feather footed breeds often fall victim to scaly mites. Check your Cochin once a month to make sure it’s legs are smooth, and healthy. If you notice scaly mites (upraised scales) rub oil on their legs to suffocate the mites, and hydrate the scales.
If left to walk on snow, feather footed breeds can develop frostbite on their toes. Keep your birds off the snow, or check them daily for ice balls that can collect on their foot feathering.
Cochins are naturally lazy, and adore food. This makes them prone to fatness, which can cause egg binding and even shorten their lives. You may have to limit their food (particularly grain) intake.
Cochins handle a wide range of temperatures. However, roosters can develop frostbite during extreme cold. Heat stroke can also be a threat in the summers, so make sure your birds have cold water, and shade in the heat of the summer.
friendliest fowl, novice chicken keepers, sweet tempered birds, fluffy bodies
slow maturing breed, heavily feathered feet, Bad production, occasional egg
show chicken, Great brooders, adorable tail poof, great 4H bird, excellent mothers
Bootsie because foot feathers
I really loved Bootsie. She was a good chicken. Recently taken out in a raccoon attack. She was laid back and easy going and a great mom chicken. And she was very pretty. Cochins make good pets and broodies, but that's probably about it. If you want a great layer, they are not it. Before her untimely demise, she laid maybe once a week, and even at her peak only 2-3 times. If you want to avoid bumblefoot--don't get the feathered footed chickens. We did surgery on Bootsie 2-3 time on both feet, and she was always getting bumblefoot again. Great pet. Beautiful bird. High maintenance. .
From Paigeioli Dec 30 2018 3:09PM
You'll do it again and again
Bumblefoot is a pretty regular chicken issue, and if you have chickens with feathery feet, then you are even more likely to encounter this issue. You can do all you want to try and prevent it, but unless you can prevent your chicken from ever jumping up and down, then you'll probably see it sooner or later. Some vets will take care of the issue for $150, but you can also, with the help of another person (or not), do it yourself for less than $50 (and you can do it more than once with your supplies). What do you need? Sterile scalpels, betadine, rubbing alcohol, neosporin, epsome salt, gauze, vet wrap, forceps or tweezers, squirty bottle, and a strong stomach. Pretty standard stuff. You soak the chicken feet, take out as much of the kernal as possible, wrap them in a towel, steralize everything including the chickens feet, and use the scalpel to cut out and dig out as much of the infection as possible. When you're finished, you stuff the wound with neosporin and gauze, wrap it in vet wrap and change every couple days until it's all healed. Probably take 2-3 weeks. It's tough to tell if you get all the infection out. We've had chickens go a while without a reoccurrence, then we've had others that reoccur and reoccur. After having done this surgery so many times, my husband and I are pretty over it. Chickens can go with bumblefoot for a long time, it could get worse, or it could get better. It'd good chicken keeping experience if you want it/love your chickens. But after doing it so many times, you'll be over it like use. Out new approach for bumblefoot is watchful waiting. As long as the hen is moving around happily, then the infection probably isn't bothersome. Happy surgery! .
From Paigeioli 579 days ago
Blue Cochins - chickens that wear bell bottoms!
I purchased this funny little chicken for fun when one of the more practical breeds I had originally ordered was not available. The breeder had a handful of Cochin day-olds for sale and so I took them home instead.
Cochins are famous for having feathers on their leg, which make them look like they are wearing bellbottoms. My birds were a soft blue-grey and, while not overly striking, were quite pretty and rather comical looking.
Cochins are very calm and can even make good pets. I did not try to tame mine, but they were quiet and gentle enough to pick up and pet nonetheless. This is a good thing because their fluffy feathers and fuzzy 'pants' make you want to hug them and squeeze them and name them George.
Not known for their egg laying, these birds grow quite large and should make for good eating if you don't want to simply enjoy their gentle nature and comical appearance as pets.
I never had the chance to do either with mine as they fell victim to a predator attack when they were less than four months old. No doubt their quiet and trusting nature contributed to their demise. I lost all of them in one night.
While I quite enjoyed these birds, I doubt that I will buy more anytime soon. My focus is egg laying, and I also need birds that can take care of themselves. Perhaps I'll get one or two for the aesthetic pleasure they bring, and to give visitors a chicken they can pet, but otherwise I don't have room for hens that are essentially just ornamental..
From HeleneMarie Jan 22 2015 11:37PM