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Bantam-Cochin Reviews

Positive Reviews


Great chicken!


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: Black, Buff, Partridge, White, Barred, Brown Red, Golden Laced, Mottled, Silver Laced, Birchen, Blue, Columbian, Red

I love these little Cochins!


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!

Negative Reviews

Mountain Peeps

Cuddly and Cute


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!

Nasty to other chickens and not too friendly to humans...


Pros: Pretty, gets along well with hens of the same age

Cons: Will attack any chicken who isn't an egg-mate

I got three of these at TSC during chick days and at first I was pleased since they look so pretty.  One turned out to be a roo who was quite aggressive before he was even full grown so I gave him away.  Of the other two, one was a frizzle and the other had smooth feathers.  The one with smooth feathers is extremely nasty to all of the other chicks that are not a part of the group that she came home with.  In fact, she has actively attacked some of the other pullets anytime the cockerels of the younger group isn't looking.  Fortunately the two augsburger roos I have, have already learned to watch after their girls vigilantly and will chase her and her partner...
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More Reviews


Friendly breed but requires maintenence


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...
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Very friendly and sweet


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

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!

Sweet,Beautiful,Cute,Fluffy Birds


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!

Tiny, fluffy, egg-laying trooper


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...
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amazing wonderful birds


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...
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I love these!!


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...
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Free Feather

Fluffy and flighty


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.

Semi Sweet little girl


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...
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HS Pye

Best Pets


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. 
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