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Cochin Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

Other common names: Cochin Bantam

The basics:
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
Weights:
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

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from breeders/sellers

Breeders and sellers have to jump through hoops to get RightPet listings, literally, we make them do circus tricks. Unfortunately no one has met our high acrobatic standards for this animal yet, but hopefully they will soon!

from shelters/rescues

We've had no luck finding any of these frisky fellas so far, even though we've put up wanted posters and everything! But don't worry, we're working on it!

Miller Manufacturing Double Wall Fount

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Functional double wall waterers are manufactured from heavy gauge steel Edges are rolled for safety and feature arched inner handles for added strength Brass valves and rubber seals produce a positive water shut off Seams are constructed and tested to prevent leaks Features a locking pin

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