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: 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: 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: 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, good mothers, great pets
Cons: They don't do well in heat
We've had several of these birds, we're planning on getting more. The hens lay very well considering that they're bantams. They will go broody every year and always are good, protective mothers.
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: lays well super friendly
Pros: broody, friendly, many colours, cute, good layers
Cons: may be too broody for some
Pros: Sweet, beautiful, good for kids
Cons: Lays small eggs, just an okay layer, cranky with other breeds
Gorgeous, huggable birds! Great with kids.
Only downsides I've noticed is that mine were cranky with other breeds...even as chicks they could be feisty little things. My Ivy, a stunning (IMO...but then again, I'm biased, lol!) little black hen, is my head hen. She gets pretty cross with the other girls at times. Even my roo, Poe, would get cranky at times. That and they lay small eggs and are only okay layers (but they're not known for great egg production anyway). Of course their feet can be a chore to keep clean at times, but that's to be expected with breeds with such feathered legs.
Since I'm not allowed to keep a roo, we had to rehome Poe, as he was later named, with a friend. My husband was sooo very sad, as that was HIS bird (ha! ha!...the man who thought I was nuts for being crazy over chickens doted over that little thing, carrying him around everywhere and just a talking away to him...it was so cute to watch!). I kept trying to tell him that Posey, as he was first named, was a cockerel and not a pullet, but my husband wouldn't listen and would make up excuses like "maybe 'she' just has a large comb for a pullet," or this, or that. He just didn't want to believe Posey was a Poe 'cause he knew we couldn't keep a roo. Obviously it became more and more apparent she was a he, and of course when "she" started crowing, there was no denying it. We kept him in the house for a little while, while my husband got use to the idea of having to give him up, but being woken up at 3-4:00 am got to be too much after a while. Poe was such a character though. He was very outgoing little guy and a total sweetheart. I miss him, but I know he's very happy at our friend's place.
Though Ivy will always have a home with us, I'm on the fence about whether or not I'd get more bantam Cochins in the future. Not that I don't like the breed, I do, it's just that the other breeds I have seem to suit us better. For anyone who doesn't mind not having a lot of eggs, or small eggs, and wants a pretty, sweet bird, that would be a good broody, they'd definitely be a breed worth considering. :)
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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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