Cochins originated from China and really became famous when they were given a gift to Queen Victoria of England. They are not very good layers but are adored the entire world for their loving personalities and major fluff factor! Cochins were introduced to North America in the 1840’s and 1850’s. They were first known as Shanghai Birds and the Cochin Chinas. They were accepted as a breed by the American Poultry Association in 1874 in the Asian class alongside the Langshans and Brahma.
Cochins are known for their heavily feathered legs and feet. It is easy to pick a Cochin out of a flock because their huge bodies and wide boxy statures; often referred to a round, heart shaped silhouette. Cochins have loose, soft feathers to add to the already huge cuddle factor. They have single combs and yellow skin, feet and legs. They are gentle giants and make wonderful brood mothers. Their extra fluff and wide bodies make for a cold hardy breed as well.
A coop with a large run suits Cochins best. Because they are a large, slow and lazy breed, they make for easy prey. They are content just spending their time around the feeders. Lower roosts are also needed for Cochins to prevent any leg injuries. The bigger they are the harder they fall.
Cochins can take up to 2 years to fully mature because they are an extremely slow growers.
They are not very good layers but make wonderful pets!
The APA accepts the following varieties:
- Gold Laced
- Silver Laced
Hens will lay 180-200 brown eggs if you’re lucky.
Cocks weigh 11 pounds.
Hens will reach about 8.5 pounds.
Sold as Straight Run chicks only.
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