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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:
    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.






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Recent User Reviews

  1. Chandler0206
    "Sweet and gentle giants"
    Pros - Sweet
    Great mamas
    Eye catching
    Not prone to attack
    Can be held
    Cons - Can be shy
    They don't like when I try and pet them
    I just love my partridge cochins, we bought five of them, but only two survived (I don't blame the birds, the feed store, or the people who got first dibs because they didn't have school;I think it was the supplier). They are fantastic and currently raising some baby ducks for me. They are by far the most beautiful breed I've owned, but sadly I won't be able to buy more until after I graduate from college. Lastly, I think they might be scared because I didn't handle them enough when they were little. I would, and have recommended this breed to anybody getting into chickens.
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  2. FeatheryFeet
    "Such funky, sweet chickens!"
    Pros - friendly, funny, super adorable, small and sweet
    Cons - Can't really think of any!
    I just recently rescued a gorgeous little red cochin bantam rooster and he has been more than a darling! I put him into my flock of silkies and they all get a long so well. He is just a gentleman. I can't help but laugh when I see him run, its very comical watching him waddle around with his slippers ;) He is a little cutie!

    'Red' is also such a friendly dude and doesn't mind being held and loves coming up to the house and meeting everybody, including screaming babies which he sits very patiently for. Red is definitely my favourite rooster I've ever owned (not trying to offend the silkies). I am definitely going to get some more cochin bantams :D
  3. CascadiaRiver
    "Best Chicken"
    Pros - small, interactive, friendly, best bird avilable!
    Cons - can be very small-
    We "lost" our broody one afternoon who was hiding on TWENTY SIX EGGS, she fit in a very tiny space...

User Comments

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  1. 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.
  2. BYCforlife
    That is a very beautiful rooster! I am planning a flock for next year, I think I might get one of these!
  3. Minnowey
    @BYCforlife: Being extremely broody is a characteristic of the Cochin.
  4. BYCforlife
    Wow! are these chickens naturally broody, or is this one special? I am interested.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. Slange16
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Hard losing a family member :)
  8. lvie
    Sorry you lost your favorite chicken. We get so attached to them.
  9. BantyChooks
    that's my mindset too!
    I would have half a flock of leghorns and half of cochins!
  10. bobhoke
    They are the best momma birds out there, and are like clockwork.

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