Cochin

Average User Rating:
4.40491/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    Cold
    Egg Productivity:
    Low
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    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:
    Asiatic
    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:
    Ornamental
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: Cold

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    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.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. LilJoe
    5/5,
    "Beautiful Birds With Big Personalities!"
    Pros - Sweet
    Gentle
    Good layers
    Kid-Friendly
    Roosters are normally not aggressive
    Good starter birds for 4-H kids
    Good show birds for novices to start with
    Cons - None
    Coming Soon!
    Chicka Doodle likes this.
  2. CarpCharacin
    4/5,
    "White Cochin"
    Pros - Sweet, likes to be held
    Cons - Sometimes aggressive
  3. I Love Layers
    5/5,
    "Best Bird Ever"
    Pros - Gentle, Great Egg Layer, Cold Hardy
    Cons - None
    I keep Large Fowl Cochins
    This is the best bird for any kind of chicken keeping setting. While I only have cochins for showing they are the best. They are very calm birds, my younger sister showed one of mine in Showmanship for her first time and she got Reserve with her. They lay very well, better then any of my other breeds. They also get along very well with any other chicken. They are extremely cold hardy also, which is a main reason I like them due to my climate also.
    And they are very beautify birds

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User Comments

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  1. 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 are..got 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 pullets..lol.. 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..
  2. INNOCENT85
    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
  3. TheCochinMomma
    My username says it lol
  4. 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.
  5. BYCforlife
    That is a very beautiful rooster! I am planning a flock for next year, I think I might get one of these!
  6. Minnowey
    @BYCforlife: Being extremely broody is a characteristic of the Cochin.
  7. BYCforlife
    Wow! are these chickens naturally broody, or is this one special? I am interested.
  8. 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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  9. RodNTN
    Sorry about your loss, I feel the same way when I lose a chicken. I do want to add some cochins to my flock sometime though!
  10. Slange16
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Hard losing a family member :)

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