Soldiers returning from China brought the first Cochin bantams to England in the 1860’s. They were known as “Pekin” bantams then and are still referred to as “Pekins” in many parts of Europe. Cochins are heavily feathered down the shanks and toes and appear to be much larger than they actually are. They are very gentle, excellent setters, require little space, and with their many color varieties are absolutely beautiful to look at. Cochins are the most popular of the feather legged bantams and one of our best setters. Cochins have a lustrous, greenish black base color with many of the feathers tipped in white - a color contrast that really makes them stand out in a flock.
- Breed Purpose:
- brooding, Show
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- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Mottled, red and barred rock
- Breed Size:
- Small Males 3 lbs Females 2 lbs
- Black and white speckles
Mottled Cochin (bantam)
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Recent User Reviews
Pros - Sweet, beautiful, great disposition
Cons - Prone to predators. Roosters are a bit aggressive.
Well I didn’t have my mottled Cochin for long, but I enjoyed the time I did have it. They are so beautiful and they have wonderful personalities! You could sit there and watch them for hours, because that’s how entertaining they are! Hens are sweet and gentle... and love attention. Roosters also enjoy the attention, but if they aren’t socialized young they can become a little aggressive when they’re older. Overall experience, I loved having one and would love to get another one in the future.
"Gorgeous, sweet, broody"
Pros - Beautiful, sweet, fluffy. Cold hardy.
Cons - Broody, mine has low pecking order
I adore my Mottled Cochin Hope. She is absolutely the sweetest bird. Happy to be held and petted even by children. Shockingly soft and fluffy and gorgeous. I would love more but she has gone broody and I cannot break her of it.
She is low in the pecking order because of her gentle nature and tends to hide out.
She did very well in the cold weather and didn't suffer any frostbite.
"Love these little guys!"
Pros - Very pretty, stick around, egg production (for a bantam), friendly, great for brooding, quiet, low food requirements
Cons - More vulnerable to predators, hard to break from broodiness if you don't want that
Love these little birds. I enjoy how they stick closer to home than standard breeds and mine produce tons of delicious little light brown eggs. Yes, they go broody - and how! It can take over a week to break them and a couple more to go back into egg production. I don't mind as they have low feed requirements (always out ranging, only sleeping in the coop) and it is nice to know you've got a broody if you need one. I always use one as I am not interested in hatching a ton of birds.
My rooster is sweet and kind to his gals and not aggressive towards people. He's also beautiful.BlackHackle likes this.