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Pros: So sweet, great layers

Cons: Eggs are small

I love my Cochin Bantams. The hens lay a small, light-brown egg almost every day. They are one of the most calm and docile breed. My Cochin rooster is very sweet and protective of his hens.
Varieties that are recognized:
Brown Red,
Golden Laced,
Silver Laced,


Pros: friendly, docile, calm, make great mothers, good for picking up and cuddling, comes in a variety of colors

Cons: can't get wet, gets broody for long periods, easily gets dirty vent, is more prone to lice and mites, get bullied by more aggressive breeds

A few years ago my family and I owned a small flock of these as chicks and eventually we mixed them with another small flock of belgian d'uccles. We preferred bantams because they didn't seem to wander into the neighbors' yards. Over time though some of them died (one got eaten by a neighbor's dog, one got sick and one died on the brood), and now I only have one left. She's an old girl and has retired from egg laying. I can make the following points from my experiences with cochins.


They are a very calm, very docile breed. Once they get used to being handled, they won't mind it too much. Their friendly disposition allows them to be mixed with other docile breeds, but be aware, put them with a more aggressive breed of chicken and they will quickly be overtaken in the pecking order. They can't hold their own position against a chicken that will fight them, especially if the chicken is bigger and/or faster than they are. If the aggressive chicken becomes a bully the cochin will be forced into hiding and won't come out to eat or drink. You have to protect them. They're not very fast (well compared to other breeds) and will most likely be eaten by predators.


I believe the main reason people will want this breed is because it's fluffy. Who doesn't want to hug a fluffy chicken? However, the fluffiness of the chicken presents its own set of problems. First of all, the feathers trap heat, so the chicken does not cope well in hot weather (especially if it's a black one). On a hot day you may find it hiding under trees all day. The sheer amount of feathers on the chicken also provide great hiding places for lice and mites. You may discover the cochin gets infested more often than other breeds. It may also get really dirty more often. There's a condition that is shared among all chicken breeds called "dirty poo butt" (at least that's what I think it's called) where feces get trapped in the rear feathers of the chicken. After a while it builds up and the chicken starts to smell. Bear in mind this doesn't happen with ALL cochin bantams (or all chickens in general), but it has happened with one or two of mine. It simply means you may have to either give them a warm soapy bath every fortnight or trim their rear feathers. Every now and then I find myself examining my girl's vent to see if she needs a bath. Speaking of baths, this breed is similar to the silkie, in the fact that the feathers are NOT waterproof. If the cochin gets wet (in the rain or by accident), it can easily get a chill. So your yard/coop needs places for it to get out of the rain and stay dry. If you're giving one a bath, make sure you completely dry it off with a hair dryer.


I've experienced that the cochin gets VERY broody in the Summer and will sit on a nest for about a month, even if the eggs there don't hatch. We were fortunate enough to get a fertile egg and have our cochin hatch it. She made an excellent mother. Very dedicated and protective of her young. We've had cochins get broody before this however. One of them got so broody that she wouldn't get up to eat or drink (we even put the food and water right next to the nest). She eventually died on the brood. When they're not broody, they won't lay often (usually they lay a stockpile of eggs and then get broody on them). They will stop laying in the Winter when the weather turns cold. I remember mine laid about once every few days. The eggs were small, white and round. The cochin is not a good breed for egg production.


So in short, the cochin is very friendly and will make a great pet, but must be protected against predators and bully chickens. Their fluffy bodies may require routine maintenance and need to stay dry. They get broody for long periods and don't lay often but make great mothers for breeding.


Pros: friendly, dossile, good egg-layers, protective of flock.

Cons: easily put at the bottom of the food chain

It is a sweet bird. I am also a big fat chicken person, so two thumbs up for that! Very friendly to the flockthumbsup.gifthumbsup.gifthumbsup.gifthumbsup.gifthumbsup.gif


Pros: Sweet, Talkative, Fluffy, Cute

Cons: None!

I have six cochin bantams right now! They are my favorite breed! They are so sweet! My very first banty hen was a black cochin named Sophie, and I still have her to this day, and she is seven years old! I love cochins!


Pros: Cuddly, friendly, pretty

Cons: Poor layers, often broody, flighty, somewhat loud

I had a bantam cochin for a while who was very cuddly and very broody! She was flighty and kind of loud. But she loved to sit on my lap and eat from my hand. We had to get rid of her because the whole introducing process with her, didn't work out:( But she is very happy where she is now. The new owners called the other day and said she simply loves to cuddle with the two little kids they have. She comes to their bedroom window every morning and pecks so they know it's time to feed her! She has really settled in nicely and is a great family pet!



Pros: Great mothers - good layers - docile

Cons: Small eggs

Bantam Cochins are one of my favorite chicken breeds, I have the Black, and I use them for hatching out all my eggs, even turkey. They are smart, sweet, silly and all around lovable birds. Out of all the breeds I raise, I have not lost one Cochin to predictors, I think it's because their small size makes them less appealing, compared to a bird twice their size.

If you're looking for a backyard chicken that's docile, friendly and you don't mind small eggs, then this is the chicken for you! smile.png


Pros: They are beautiful birds that make great pets and wonderful showbirds

Cons: They Can get alittle grumpy at sometimes and mean but they make up for it over time :)

Bantam Cochin's personally I love, they are the sweetest, neatest birds I have every raised. At this point I have one pair of Cochin Bantams which are my pride and joy they are Millie Fleur Bantam Cochins and so far they haven't produced any offspring's but hopefully they will soon, for those of you  who think that they are mean moody things all the time they aren't, they just go through mood swings every now and then I would recommend them for beginners or pro's they are great birds fit for a king!


Pros: Cute, fluffy, goes broody, good moms, friendly, curious, cuddly, pretty good layer, not aggressive

Cons: small eggs, great snack for everything, gets bullied, gets poopy feathers on their feet

I've had 3 of these and they are the best!! I absolutely love them. I would get an egg almost every other day, and they always came to me to be petted. They are so easy to pick up, and so struggle or flap their wings. Not aggressive at all. They are very susceptible to predators because they can't get out of the way fast enough. The girls are not loud, and even the roosters crow is not as loud as a standard. They are great mothers, and will go broody for you. Their eggs are small, but always seemed to be richer than the layer eggs. If with a lot of bigger chickens, they tend to be bullied and peck a lot. 


Overall, i would recommend this breed to anyone who wants and adorable little pet with the bonus of eggs!


Pros: Sweet, likes people, innocent, cute.

Cons: Very flakish and gullible, flighty.

My partridge cochin, Isolde, is a flake. She likes people and food and anything shiny. She is very curious, and falls for all the boys' tricks. She hates all the boys, but the moment they pretend they found food, she runs right over. This is when she realizes their true motives and flaps away, shrieking like a banshee. I love her though.


Pros: Friendly with most coop mates, lays small light brown eggs 3-4 days per week, will tolerate human contact

Cons: None that I could actually discern

I have one Mottled Cochin Bantam, Ivy.  She is adorable in her small stature and fluffiness and we love to watch her waddle across the yard. She is 3rd/4th down the line on the pecking order of 8 various breeds.   She is ok to hold and pet after you catch her.  She chats with you and is not aggressive except on occasion with one of the other smaller girls.  (I know you are thinking..... how do you get much smaller than a bantam cochin, right?) When you bring the treats she will be up front, but does not peck or crowd the others.   She stays with the other flock members when free ranging but I have had to rescue her from the twisted grape vines before.  She is mischievous and has exploratory traits (think Star Trek).     


Sweet little people in cuddly feather suits.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceCold
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentDocile
Breed Colors/VarietiesAll
Breed SizeBantam
APA/ABA ClassFeather Legged
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: ornamental

Comb: Single

Broodiness:  Frequent

Climate Tolerance:  Tolerant in cold weather.


General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Poor

Egg Size: small

Egg Color: light brown to white


Breed Temperament:  

Friendly, docile, easily handled, quiet,


Breed Colors / Varieties:

Buff, Lace, Black, White, Mottled, Lemon Blue, Etc.




Breed Details:

Cock should be about 30 oz and hens should be about 26 oz. The Cochin breed was imported to England from China in the 19th Century.





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