Kewaunee, Wisconsin, United States
Posted Sep 11, 2016
The kids raised chickens for 4H, always getting a mixed assortment of day old chicks in January, that would then be ready to show at fair in July. It was most interesting seeing what the little puffballs would grow into, as most breeds could not be completely reliably identified until they were nearly fully feathered. We always had quite the interesting flock with a wide variety. Ah, but Ella! She was something else! A white bantam cochin, with the lovely feathered feet, she was the princess of the place, small but beautiful!
These birds are the smaller variety of the full-sized cochin chicken which originated in India and China. Most chickens have a bantam type, about 1/4 the size of the larger breed, but showing all the traits of the larger birds. Cochins are distinctive with their feathered legs and feet, heavy bodied and tend to produce brown eggs. They come in a range of colors and are known to be good mothers, friendly and gentle-tempered.