Cochin ChickensSeptember 6th, 2010 at 21:22
Cochin Chickens ‘The Big Bird’
Cochin Chickens Appearance
These birds began to arrive from the Far East in the mid nineteenth century. Originally referred to as the Shanghai, they are sometimes erroneously called the Peking as the bantams resemble the Peking bantams.
They are a large bird, in fact one of the biggest chicken breeds we have. The cocks can reach over 5Kg and the hens usually weigh in at just under 4Kg.
The most stiking feature of Cochins are the abundance of feathers. The hocks, legs and feet are covered in feathers which look ‘curly’.
It’s thought these chooks were bred by the Chinese so that the abundance of feathers could be used for stuffing quilts and pillows.
Cochin Chickens have a small comb, which is single and straight, the better ‘show examples’ possess good serrations.
The breed comes in a variety of colours, with the most common being black, white and lavender.
Cochin Chickens Eggs & Broodiness.
These hens lay a light brown egg, medium to large in size, and for a big bird lay quite a few, but the downside being they may not lay for some extended periods of time. They do get broody and are sometimes used as foster incubators as they do seem to like being maternal.
Caring For Your Cochins.
If you want to keep pet chickens, these are a fantastic breed, they are very tame and are often regarded as the ‘friendly chicken’. Cochin Chickens are also very quiet, you’ll usually only get a few clucks when the hens are laying. Even the cocks are quiet. You can expect your girls to reach the grand old age of 8 – 10yrs.
You’ll need to ensure they get a good quality feed as they’re a bit too lazy to go foraging. In fact I’d advise you keep them in a run with a low fence (as they don’t fly) then you can make sure they don’t get into mud or puddles as their feathered feet can get damaged by a build up of mud.
Cochin Chickens Are One Of The Most Friendly Breeds, Great For The Novice Especially, If You Want To Raise Some Chicks
Here’s a video from a lady who loves her Cochins and wants to tell you about her Flock…