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    Breed Size:
    Bantam, Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    Feather Legged

    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 chicks

    Cochin hen

    Cochin rooster

    For more info on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: ornamental

    Comb: Single

    Broodiness: Frequent

    Climate Tolerance: Tolerant in cold weather.

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity: Poor

    Egg Size: small

    Egg Color: light brown to white

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, docile, easily handled, quiet,

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Buff, Lace, Black, White, Mottled, Lemon Blue, Etc.

    Breed Details:
    Cock should be about 30 oz and hens should be about 26 oz. The Cochin breed was imported to England from China in the 19th Century.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Christinecam
    "Lovable, and adorable"
    Pros - Very easy going, gentle, and great looks
    Cons - None
    A bantam Cochin roo was the first chicken I had the pleasure of keeping. I've had success in hatching and raising this breed with no problems. A lot of people have mentioned the feather footing being problematic in muddy, and / or cold weather, but having a white Cochin myself he has always kept his feet clean, and I have had no foot issues with the breed.
    This review was provided because of the history I have had with bantam Cochin adults and chicks
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  2. Ashley McDaniel
    "Sweet Little Puff Balls"
    Pros - Gorgeous, small, quiet, docile, gentle, easy to handle, great for small children, funny personality.
    Cons - Some can be aggressive towards humans and other chickens, small eggs, not a high egg production bird.
    Each one is very unique. Coco, my little red Cochin is very calm, quiet, stays to herself, loves to be held and petted, kind to other animals and humans. Then there's my other girl, Rhonda Rousey, her name says it all! Lol she's gorgeous, talkative, and funny but is very aggressive towards my family and my other birds. She will pack you if you try to pet her or pick her up. But overall, I love this breed, and most are not as mean as my Rhonda lol 20180304_182254.jpg
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  3. LilJoe
    "Good Layers, Sweet Birds"
    Cons - NONE
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User Comments

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  1. nizar
    This is one of my favorite breed, Cochin's rooster sound is bigger than it is size and they are friendly breed.
  2. horselove
    Hi I have a small coop and two full size chickens who I was planning to show, but both have acquired blemishes that prevent that... I don't have a big enough coop for another two full-size chickens, and I wanted to get two bantams that can handle cold temps and bear confinement well... looks like my search ends here! My only problem is the hatcheries have a massive shipping cost, not to mention the cost of a female...
    I might split an order with a friend so they'll have some friends in the brooder and to meet the shipping requirement.
  3. PoultreeKing
    Very friendly, they lay 2-4 small eggs a week, very beautiful and quiet calm birds.
  4. catandmilkart
    We LOVE our new bantam cochin, Pequita. After having OEG bantams, she seems really domesticated; she doesn't even like to eat worms! However, she has only laid two eggs in a month. Maybe its just because she's young and her "cycle" hasn't regulated yet? What is the usual egg count with these ladies?
  5. Heno
    Had a cochin rooster and two hens. However, he was very healthy and happy, but unfortunately, died suddenly. Miss my handsome guy, he was a pet. My concern is for his tiny hen that was so bonded to him.
    Have her with another small hen, but for their safety would like to put them with another rooster. I have a band of several medium size roosters, but they are larger than the Bantam hen. Due to the mating, will I be putting my little hen at serious risk.??? Due to having many roosters, did not want to have to buy a Bantam rooster for these two hens. Would appreciate any advice.
  6. kajira
    My cochin rooster is a *great* daddy. He protected our chicks with a broody and he's not a greedy fellow with the girls, he lets an EE roo hang out as long as he's respectful towards the girls.
  7. sshrader
    I have heard good reviews GoLittleChicks. I had one on my rooster for awhile. Takes them a day or 2 to get use to it.
  8. golittlechicks
    I used up too much space describing my experience with my small flock of Cochins and white silkies. Could not have success with the ladies hatching,so bought eggs from Texas and N,Carolina.Mildly successful i ended up with 3 cochin ladies One a frizzle and a cochin rooster(Henry). Henry has turned out to be a beauty and very watchful of his flock. Not mean at all. His crowing is loud,early, forceful and often which annoys our country neighbors.I am going to have to find another home for him. I am forced to try a "no crow collar" to keep him.
    Has any one had experience with them?They do not appear to be abusive. But he is such a member of our flock, finds food for them,protects them ,that we are sad to lose him.
  9. Tacampbell1973
    I started four years ago with four 1 week old Gold Laced Bantam chicks. Was hoping One boy and three girls. Nope. Exact opposite. Three young men and one lady, Here four years later and over 200 chickens later (not all at once) I still have my original 4. They have been so much fun! We gave them their first crickets at one month old. I never laughed so hard in my life! The female (Pepper) has not gone broody much, I really only remember one time. Her daughters and granddaughters sure do though. All in all a super all around bird, excellent first time pet, and super lap warmer.
  10. Cluckcluck1215
    N i c e I g u e s s.(s o r r y I ' m s p e l l I n g t h I s w a y I t 's f u n)

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