Pros: So sweet, great layers
Cons: Eggs are small
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Pros: So sweet, great layers
Cons: Eggs are small
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 flock
Pros: Sweet, Talkative, Fluffy, Cute
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: 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: 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: lays well super friendly
Pros: Sweet birds, beautiful colors, Good layers.
Cons: Can be really broody
One of my favorite breeds! I kept a small flock of these little darlings. My daughter had her pets and would carry them around. Good layers. Good mothers. Hardy. Loved 'em!
Pros: personality and looks
I have a pair of mottled cochin bantams (have some LF cochins too). They are sweet little birds and if you aren't close enough they just look like a ball of fluff floating across the yard lol. They don't mind being held and ont hing my do that I really like is if I sit them on a table they might step around a little, but they wont dare jump off it. I am not sure why, but they won't leave until I sit them down on the ground, they stand there for a minute and then they are off to there usually routine. i guess what I am trying to say it is just nice to know if you set them down they aren't going to have worry about they running off and having to have a chicken hunt. Anways they are good breed. And very docile, this is a great breed for kids and beginners to start out with. They aren't flighty, they are sweet, and all around a good breed. I would recommend them.
Pros: Perfect for kids, beautiful, many color choices, friendly
Cons: predators love them, bad layers, prone to bumblefoot
I have two cochins. I used to have three, but one got eaten.Their eggs are small, and they like to go broody. They are friendly, and have lots of character. They come in many different colors.
Pros: Docile; Make great mother hens
Cons: Small eggs; Lower to mid-range of egg production; Don't do too well in hot climates
I love this breed! They are beautiful birds, although their body is big enough to give them a comical walk, especially when they run. I made a point of adding one hen to my flock, in case I ever wanted to incubate chicks the natural way, and my mommy hen did not mind sitting on eggs other than her own. I have even occasionally tricked her by adding store bought chicks to her brood, and she immediately adopted them. She may not produce as abundantly as other breeds, but her sense of motherhood make up for that deficiency.
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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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