Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Colorado, United States
Posted Jul 18, 2015
Our Cochin chickens lived with our Rhode Island Red chickens for years. There was a stark difference in the personality of the Cochins. They tended to be more affectionate with us humans. I could pick several of them up and they'd rest happily in my arms. It made me fall for these little guys as great pets as well as farm animals!
They were very hardy during the winter. We live in Colorado and our chickens all lived in our barn with an open door to the outside. They were never fazed by the snow and lived many years.
The only slight downside to the Cochin is that they lay small eggs and not in large quantities. We usually had more Rhode Island Reds than Cochins, but even so the Rhode Island Reds would lay significantly more eggs than the Cochins ever did.
But the Cochins are affectionate and happy little guys with beautiful coats. They make good farm decorations!