Pros: So sweet, great layers
Cons: Eggs are small
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Pros: So sweet, great layers
Cons: Eggs are small
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: Great mothers - good layers - docile
Cons: Small eggs
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: 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: 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: Small, Adorable, Consistant Layer, Surprisingly Hardy
Cons: Not Personable, Dirty Little Beast
Of our flock, this little bird is a surprise all around. We were expecting exactly the opposite of what she is.
Social Features: (3/5, she gets an extra point for being a boss even though she's tiny)
Despite her size, our bantam cochin is a wild little thing and she gets away with it... A lot. The other birds in the flock do not take her seriously but given the chance she will peck them to try and put them in their place (even though she's less than half their size). She doesn't fit in well with the other birds, but she doesn't seem to mind. She is often off doing her own thing, almost purposely doing the opposite of what they do. Recently she's become a bit more involved during feeding but that's about it.
She is a frizzled variety, and thus can't fly, but she is quite flighty. She hates being handled and is the fastest chicken in the flock. But she's just so darned cute and fluffy.
Egg Laying Features: (5/5)
As a bantam, she lays small eggs, but that doesn't slow her down. Having come in expecting broodiness and inconsistencies in laying, she has made it a point to prove us wrong. She began laying quite late (maybe 10 months old) but when she started she started. She gives an egg a day very consistently, she maybe takes a day off every 8-10 days but only a day.
She lays bantam sized 'tinted' eggs, which are adorably much more pink than cream. Tiny pink eggs from a tiny white fluffball.
Climate Features: (3/5)
The dirtiest bird in the flock. Frizzled feathers and boots are probably about as bad as it can get. When it rains, she's soaked. When it's muddy, she's brown from the chest down. When there is snow, she's got snowballs in her boots. When the cold wind blows, you just feel awful for her. A frizzled cochin would probably do better somewhere drier and even a bit warmer, but she's a trooper. Wind, snow, and rain, she is still out there with all the other chickens and, despite not receiving any special treatment for her unique feathers, she's been incredibly hardy.
She had some comb issues that resolved themselves, but has not gotten ill at all despite harsh weather.
PS: This tiny white bird cackles like a witch.
Pros: very sweet, great personalities, docile...
Cons: do not lay every day, eggs are very small
i have 1 bantam black cochin, her name is lucy, she was my 2nd chicken that i have ever had, (my 1st was a orpington) she is so sweet, she laid an egg almost every day, sometimes she lays for 3 days in a row, sometimes she wont even lay in egg all week, i got her from my 4-H poultry leader when she herd my 1st chicken was eaten by a raccoon, so we drove to her farm and i picked out a BIG buff orpington, but as we were leaving i saw this little chicken in the bushes, i told my mom to stop and i asked about the tiny chicken ( at that time i didnt know what a bantam was) and my poultry leader told me about her, and i asked if i could take her instead, and she said i could, so we went to catch her and she was making a fuss, flying around, flapping her wings, but we finally have her, after i had her for about a week, she was so tame, when we 1st got her being on a farm she didnt get handled all the time, but i was always holding her and talking to her, last year i took her to the fair and she won a blue ribbon, and i wan showmanship with her.
she gets along withe my other chickens and my ducks, she lays small brown/tan eggs, she has a great personality, and im thinking about getting more bantam cochins next year.
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!
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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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