Cochins arrived in England and the United States in 1845. Originally, Cochins were called Chinese Shanghai Fowl, after the district in China where they originated. Later the name was changed to “Cochin China” and finally shortened to “Cochin”. The Cochin is considered an Asiatic Breed. Cochins were admitted to the Standard in 1874.
Qualities of the Cochin
- Temperament – One of the main characteristics of Cochins is their gentle disposition, which makes them easy to handle and therefore ideal as show birds or as pets for children.
- Broodiness – Cochins are good setters and excellent mothers.
- Climate – Cochins are loose feathered which helps them tolerate cold weather well; however, they will need careful watching during hot weather. Since Cochins have heavy feathering on their legs and toes, it is a good idea to keep them confined during wet weather to avoid mud buildup.
- Adaptability – Cochins do well in confinement. They also forage well in free-range settings.
Because of its large size, the Cochin is a suitable meat bird for the backyard flock, but it is slow to mature. Cochins are fair layers and lay an medium size brown egg.
- Feathers – Cochins are large birds with dense, long, and soft plumage. They have feathered legs and toes.
- Coloration – The Cochin’s beak is yellow, often shaded with black. The eyes are reddish bay, and the shanks and toes are yellow. The skin color is yellow.
- Comb – Both the male and female have a five point single comb.
Videos of Baby Cochin Chicks
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