Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Dec 22, 2011
Cochin chickens are a slow maturing breed, but once they get started they are good layers of large, light to medium-brown eggs. Although they're hardy, their feathered feet and legs pick up mud and ice, so they should be kept indoors when it's muddy or snowy outside. The hens really shine as broodies and make good mothers. They also adapt well to confinement, so they would be a good choice for the backyard in towns and cities that allow pet chickens. Cochins are gentle and lovable and make a great first project for novice chicken keepers. They quickly become used to being handled which is a good thing since it is so hard to resist their downy softness!