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  • Breed Purpose:
    Climate Tolerance:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    White, Blue, Black, Buff, Red, Partridge and various other newer colors, Splash
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
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    The Cochin is one of the most popular breeds of chicken with the hobbyist in the world today. The main reason for the breed's popularity is it's exceptional temperament. Cochins are renowned for having for extremely kind and quiet dispositions. They are easily tamed and very friendly, making them one of the most popular pet breeds for children. Mature birds also do not roam much and do not fly well at all, making them easier than most breeds to confine.

    The breed originated in China and was exported to Britain and America in the mid 19th century, and are one of the breeds responsible for starting “hen fever” – the national obsession for poultry that struck America and England at that time. As the breed was developing in China, particular attention was paid to the large size of the bird and it is one of the largest breeds, with roosters weighing 11 lbs and hens 9lbs. Another notable feature is the bird's plentiful feathering, that covers not only the body but its legs and feet, making an already large bird appear even larger. It comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, with many more being developed by hobbyists. They come in both standard and bantam sizes and frizzle feathered Cochins are also extremely popular.

    Cochins are an extremely broody breed, are great mothers, and are often used as foster mothers for other breeds, or even turkeys and ducks. They are very cold hardy and considered a good winter layer. While the hens are good layers of large light brown eggs when they are laying, their tendency to go broody multiple times a year cuts down their total egg production. It is also used as a slow growing meat bird, and was considered one of the best breeds for making capons.

    It was recognized by the APA in 1874 and is on The Livestock Conservancy's Watch list.

    Cochin eggs

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    Cochin juveniles

    Cochin hen

    Cochin rooster

    For more on the Cochin breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences, please see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: Cold

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Small
    Egg Color: Light Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    White, Blue, Black, Buff, Red, Partridge and various other newer colors, Splash
    Breed Details:
    My personal experience with the standard aka Giant Cochin, is that they are friendly, docile, easily handled and curious birds. They mature slowly and are usually the last to begin laying in a mixed flock. They are moderate layers of a medium light brown egg and a must for cold weather climates. They thrive in the winter and lay throughout. They do require some extra care in sustained temperatures above 90 due their size and additional feathering. Inspecting them for injury is a good idea because all of their fluff and feathers can hide minor injuries which can become worse if left untreated. They look like they are wearing pantaloons when you see them walking away strictly because of their fluffy feathered legs. They make an excellent pet and are excellent mothers. A special thanks to Sandford Cochins for sharing a picture of her rooster and a chick with me to put here.







Recent User Reviews

  1. Little Farm Girl
    "Practically Perfect in Every Way!"
    Pros - They are awesome, they're friendly, they lay a lot, they are the best mothers, they are big and feathery!
    Cons - Absolutely none, except their poops are big.
    They really are just the best birds every! They are sweet, calm, good with kids touching and picking them up. Standard/LF Cochins from Hatcheries are aweful, like 1 out of 15 is ok in size and leg feathers, so we like breeding our own to get better birds. They lay lots of eggs. Ours are so big that hawks can't take them. They are good mommas and very protective. They like to free range, they can't fly, they really are just great!
  2. Mitchell'sCoop
    "Fancy Fluff"
    Pros - Sweet personalities, very calm, excellent mothers, cold hardy, super fluffy everything
    Cons - Don't handle the hot summer as well as other breeds, can take a long time to mature will start to lay eggs between 9 and 12 months
    I LOVE our cochins!! Our rooster is HUGE but he is such a sweet boy! The girls are fantastic as well. They are probably the calmest breed we have in our flock. They are beautiful and so entertaining to watch! They are excellent layers once they start laying. The wait for them is completely worth it in my opinion. They tend to go broody and typically make fantastic mothers.
    Purchase Price:
    Purchase Date:
    June 2018
  3. SeanGavinTracey
    "Best lil mothers"
    Pros - Good sitters often go broody, lay all winter long. Very easygoing personalities.
    Cons - Lays two maybe three eggs a week
    image.jpeg love my two Cochin girls. They are natural mommas lil cheeps dive under the floof.
    Purchase Price:
    40$ for two 1 yr old pullets
    Purchase Date:
    Last week

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  1. EK1955
    Very prolific. My momma has raised 2 hatchings (1 clutch a year)
  2. Jen2848
    I keep a bantam cochin with my big girls. They listen to him and respect him, he warns them from danger and he doesn't cause feather damage to the girls. He is very respectful of me. He is a great little roo with a big brave heart and personality. I will always keep a bantam cochin roo with my girls from now on.
  3. pasuit
    Had 3 White Cochins. Beautiful, docile and very decorative. They would knck each other off my shoulder when I was feeding. They were Just plain Jealous. Lived to 4 or 5 years. Think I might hatch some this spring.
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  4. StacyAnt
    I have cochins and the white cochin is an excellent egg layer and very gentle. She was at the bottom of the pecking order till she started laying eggs. It is almost winter with less than 8 hours of day light and she is still laying an egg practically everyday.
  5. Cowdoggin
    We ordered a "mix bag" of some Cochin Bantams from Purely Poultry about 5 wks ago. Ordered 4 Blue/Splash, 4 Red, 4 Buff, 4 White and 4 self-Blue. Unfortunate, for some reason, They forgot the self-blues.. However, they were kind enough to give credit for the 4 ""missing"' chicks.. Chicks came in ALL happy and healthy, even though we were 4-5hrs late to the Post Office, chicks were Still doing Great.. And the Post Office Was keeping an eye on then as well..

    They have so far turned out the be one of the best breeds for some one with Anxiety.. (Belgium d' Anver are great too) My 20yr old daughter has not played with as much as she normally does, And these guys and gals are turning out extremely friendly.. well Most a couple white ones that are a little flighty.. but all in all they are a great match for my daughter.. Unfortunately.. she seem to have more cockerels then But she is defiantly Going to get more. And I want the Red, possibly the Black too.

    Cochin ARE Defiantly great for Kids (or Adults).. especially for those who have disabilities.. and I WISH!! I have gotten them Several yrs ago for my daughter, Just was never big in the Feather Footed Breeds.. But these are Great "Lap Chickens", and the helps ease my daughter's Anxiety. I might ever try the Standard or possible Brahmas. But the Cochin.. at least the Bantams, ARE pretty Awesome "Little" chickens..
      Chickiepoo87 and pasuit like this.
    hi am in ghana and i want some of the eggs to buy if anyone can sell some to me,i want fresh eggs i will pay for dhl or fedex charges so that i would get it before seven days ............please help
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  7. TheCochinMomma
    My username says it lol
      Chelle'sChics and pasuit like this.
  8. pamiejune
    My fav breed! Mine used to follow me around the yard while I did yardwork, huddling under my legs whenever I crouched down. SO friendly and docile - great for kids.
      pasuit and Better Than Rubies like this.
  9. BYCforlife
    That is a very beautiful rooster! I am planning a flock for next year, I think I might get one of these!
      pasuit likes this.
  10. Minnowey
    @BYCforlife: Being extremely broody is a characteristic of the Cochin.
      pasuit likes this.

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