Pros: Broody, Docile
Cons: Feet get muddy
When a neighbor gave us what was left of a two year old chick grab bag I didn't like the two Cochins. I thought they were funny looking and a bit bedraggled. But nearly a year latter they have grow on me, and are among my favorites.
Both of my cochins have gone broody and turned out to be good chicken moms. While brooding they molted and are gorgeous now. The flock free ranges and these birds always lay in the coop and never worry me by staying out at night. The one impressed me when I noticed how she forages--she is very methodical about making her rounds, and they aren't big eaters at feeding time.