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
Basketballs With Wings
Cochins are great all around chickens. One of my sons raised Cochins for several years as part of his 4-H project and we have had them on and off ever since. Cochins make a great chicken for children because they are docile and relatively calm. Cochins are decent but not outstanding layers . They are however exceptional setters and mothers. We had a Cochin hen who would hatch out anything! In fact I frequently put duck eggs under her. (Ducks are not exceptional mothers!) The only problem came when the young ducklings invariably found the pond and went for a swim. Poor mama Cochin would run along the bank clucking her heart out for them to "get back here right now!" .
From Ame Vanorio Sep 3 2018 7:07PM
Fabulously Fun Pet Chickens
This review refers to the bantam rather than the full-sized Cochin.
The bantam Cochins look essentially identical to their larger, feather-footed cousins just on a much smaller scale. They’re an unbearably adorable ornamental breed that look like fluffy little teapots.
While they are smaller, bantam Cochins still lack any real flight potential and have the same relaxed demeanor as the larger version. They’re not particularly active birds. Jude spends her day wandering around and scratching as if she’s very busy. However, she does it at a much slower pace than my other ladies and also likes to spend a lot of time sitting and watching things.
Jude is rather feisty and doesn’t care for other chickens, but she was raised as a companion bird so I’m pretty sure she doesn’t think she’s a chicken. She is an indoor bird so most of her exposure is to people, who she adores.
If you’re looking for an indoor chicken, bantam Cochins are an ideal choice. They’re calm enough to be happy relaxing in a home and sitting on your lap. Jude also does well with other pets and isn’t even afraid of our large dogs.
Do, though, keep in mind that any indoor chickens want to do the same things as their outdoor counterparts. They scratch just as much and still take dust baths so they need to be provided with appropriate areas to do these activities and you need to be prepared to do a lot of dusting.
This breed can also be kept outside. They’re not as cold hardy as large Cochins, but are much more so than other bantam breeds. Because of their small size, they also don’t have large of coop or run requirements.
Jude lays lovely small, light pink eggs in the spring then goes into brood mode before forgetting about eggs altogether. The eggs are a great size for mixing with larger chicken eggs to get proper quantities in baking, but there is nothing productive about this breed.
Bantam Cochins are just as broody as the full-sized Cochins and could be used to hatch the eggs of other bantam breeds. They’re also a wonderful breed for showing, but should otherwise be kept just for fun.
Bantam Cochin are beautiful, cuddly birds that are a joy to interact with and make fantastic pet chickens..
From gardenfairy Aug 30 2014 4:03AM
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