Calm, Friendly, Quiet
Recognized Color Varieties
Cochins are the teddy bears of the chicken world. They have sensationally large eyes, and abundant feathering, particularly on their legs and feed, which accentuates their already heavy bodies.
Cochins are as cuddly as they look. They are friendly and easy to handle, and very much enjoy human interaction. They are generally calm and content with their existence anywhere, not needing much space to explore. They would much rather be protected and fed than forage on their own, which makes them a great match for a backyard flock. However, because they are not very active, they easily become overweight if they are fed an improper diet.
Because these birds are bred specifically for their feathering and show quality, much of their egg production has been lost. They are decent layers of large light brown eggs; but they also tend to go broody often and therefore lose even more of their production. They’re usually good at hatching eggs and make wonderful mothers.
Cochins were originally from the Shanghai province of China but were presented to Queen Victoria in England in the late 1800's. The queen coveted the beautiful feathering of the Cochin and her favoritism for them sparked an infatuation with them worldwide. They became bred specifically for their brilliant feathering, especially their heavily feathered shanks; and can now be found in nearly every color variety in the chicken world.
Peak Egg Production
Decent: Approx 100-120
Tolerant of Confinement
American Poultry Association