Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred animal myself
Ohio, United States
Posted Jan 08, 2016
Cochins are pretty birds. I showed my in 4-H for several years as a "fancy" breed chicken. The "fancy" title means they are not intended or particularly desirable for meat and egg production (though some fancies produce large quantities of really pretty eggs).
Cochins make good first chickens, are generally good with children and other animals (obviously with supervision). If time and effort is put into a Cochin they can prove to be pretty rewarding-they'll greet you when you get home and even rest on your lap if you're relaxing.
Cochins are fairly easy to keep clean and overall maintain high levels of cleanliness amongst themselves. They are cleanable with a dip bath and enjoy air or cool air blow drying (mine did anyways-almost all 80 birds).
The downfall of a Cochin is that their egg laying is sporadic and sometimes messy. When they do lay eggs, in my experience, they were not colored and rather small-medium in size.