Cochin

Cochin cock

Key Characteristics

Cochins make great pets. They are docile, lay a reasonable number of eggs and can produce a good sized carcass. Hens make great broodies. Due to their feathered feet, they do need mud-free housing. They can also be quite expensive to rear as they need large amounts of food and time to grow to their large size.

History

  • Historically, the name Cochin was used for any large bird from East Asia.
  • In 1847 “Shanghaes”, the ancestors of the modern Cochins began to be imported to the UK.
  • British breeders selectively bred these to produce a show bird with stabilised colours and thick plumage.  

Appearance

  • Cochins are very large fluffy feathered birds
  • They come in a range of colours including black, blue, buff, partridge and white
  • They have feathered feet.

Uses

Eggs

Hens lay a reasonable number of eggs however they are surprisingly small for their size.

Meat

Birds can produce a good sized carcass but can be slow growing. 

Did you know?

Cochins have particularly fluffy feathers. In the past, these have been used to stuff pillows and feather mattresses.

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