Average User Rating:
  • 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:
    Cochins came from China in the 19th Century. They were recognized by the APA in 1874. They were originially called the Shanghai which was the same term used for another feather legged breed, the Brahma. They are reported to be low egg producers of small tinted to light brown eggs. They are robust and cold hardy, weighing an average 8.5 lbs.
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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. R1V3R20NG
    Pros - Friendly, eats very little, pretty feathering, talkative (I LOVE talkative)
    Cons - cleaning the feet
    a little too docile, hens on day one gave him the what for.
    I have a silver laced cochin rooster who is absolutely adorable. He giggles to call the girls over to eat. when he runs his legs look like stumps. He puts the ladies first always, it doesn't matter what he is doing.He fails almost every time he tries to mate though. Ive watched him fall off, get dragged, or run into something. He breaks up fights; he hates it when they do and screeches and grabs one of them so they can't fight anymore. Major Chaps is the best rooster i could've hoped for! I love him, he loves his ladies!
    Purchase Price:
    $10 at five months (The people we bought him from found him on the side of the road a few days before)
    Purchase Date:


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  2. LilJoe
    "Beautiful Birds With Big Personalities!"
    Pros - Sweet
    Good layers
    Roosters are normally not aggressive
    Good starter birds for 4-H kids
    Good show birds for novices to start with
    Cons - None
    Love these birds! I have 1 large fowl cochin and 3 bantams. They all love attention, even my really shy one. My one large fowl cochin is a big eater and will rip open bags for food. But, that's just her ;)
    I recommend these birds for everyone!
  3. CarpCharacin
    "White Cochin"
    Pros - Sweet, likes to be held
    Cons - Sometimes aggressive
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User Comments

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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..
    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
  5. TheCochinMomma
    My username says it lol
  6. 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.
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  7. BYCforlife
    That is a very beautiful rooster! I am planning a flock for next year, I think I might get one of these!
  8. Minnowey
    @BYCforlife: Being extremely broody is a characteristic of the Cochin.
  9. BYCforlife
    Wow! are these chickens naturally broody, or is this one special? I am interested.
  10. nightowl223
    It appears this is describing Bantam Cochins, not standard large fowl Cochins, which are much different. The large fowl Cochins are at least double the size of the Bantam Cochins. Bantam Cochins are very good broodies and mothers (nearly equal or equal to the level of Silkies). I had Large Fowl Cochins once, many years ago, but the line I got ended up mean, so they, ahem, weren't allowed to spread their genetic material to the future of the breed. ;-) I cannot comment on their broodiness, but they were very large, nearly the size of Brahmas.
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