Posted Jun 04, 2013
I got into Cochin Bantams in 2011. It was my first venture into "feather legged chickens". When getting Theodore and Alvin (both female, but I had "Alvin and the Chipmunks" as a source of inspiration for their names) I had absolutely zero experience with this race. Nowadays I'm slowly getting into breeding with this race.
Cochin Bantams are utterly gentle and easy-going. This could lead to problems if you're keeping other races. They might dominate the Cochin Bantams with ease. A Cochin Bantam won't put up much of a fight. Based on my experience, I wouldn't mix Cochin Bantams with other (especially bigger) races.
My Cochin Bantams lay an egg every 2 to 3 days. Their eggs are quite a bit smaller than ordinary eggs, but they're very tasty. Keep this in mind, because it isn't a race you should keep as your sole source of eggs. You'll need quite some Cochins to get about to same amount to eat. For example: if you make your omelets with 3 regular sized eggs, you'll need 4 to 5 Cochin Bantam eggs for the same result.
As I haven't slaughtered any Cochin Bantams yet, nor do I intend to, I cannot give you my opinion on their meat.
Their are quite some advantages to keeping Cochin Bantams, as they are very child friendly, don't need a lot of space and they can even be let loose in your garden without being able to utterly destroy it.
I'd advise any chicken-lover to check out those lovely little Cochin's.