The Gentle Giants
Cochin chickens are known for their soft feathers and fluffy robust appearance. They have a round body, long silky plumage, feathered feet, and a single comb. They lay a fair number of brown or tinted small to medium eggs. You can expect approximately 2 eggs per week.
This breed may not be a prolific layer, but are still quite worthy for their broody tendencies, and their stunning appearance of course! They’re often used to hatch fertile eggs from other birds, however, don’t be in a big hurry, the Cochin is very slow to mature.
If your looking for a docile, peaceful, friendly, and easily handled breed, this buxom beauty is for you.
I find Cochins don’t fancy scratching around in the dirt as much as most other breeds. They are also not a fan of high perches. They prefer free roam, but confine quite well.
They’re considered a heavy breed weighing in at about 11 lbs for roosters, and 8 to 8.5 lbs. for hens.
Bantams: A hen will be just under 2 lbs. and the rooster, about 2 lbs.
The Cochin chicken breed arrived on the shores of Britain and America from the port of Shanghai, China in the mid 1800s. This fancy breed has a wide variety of colorful outfits, in buff, white, black, blue, partridge and cuckoo.
Meet Cookie, a young hen full of character. She’s at the bottom of the pecking order, with only one friend in the flock, Piper. Poor Cookie.
Piper, a Standard Silver Laced Cochin Hen
Meet Piper, just hangin’ out lookin’ pretty this morning. She looks huge to me, I’m used having only Silkies! Piper was one of a few chicks I bought at a week old to help keep some babies warm in the brooder. I sold all her sisters when the Silkie chicks were 8 weeks old, but somehow the mighty giant Piper managed to steal my heart. She will remain here, her kind way and timid behavior allows her to fit right in with the docile manner of the other birds.
Meet Alex, seven week old Silver Laced Cochin, named after character ‘Alex Vause’ on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. She’s my curious bird, the explorer, and always in my way when cleaning. She’s fearless, and the one I expect to be the first to step out of the grow pen on freedom day… in about two more months.
If you’re a fan of the Orange is the New Black show, notice Alex looks like she’s wearing the same statement eyeliner as character Alex Vause. ha ha!
- Alex Vause
This little lady is a standard Silver Laced Cochin, she’s 3.5 weeks old and growing fast. I don’t usually raise standards, my preference is definitely bantams, but sometimes we have to veer a little from the norm, right?
Right now there are Silkies in the brooder, cochins, and next month I’ll have eight Mille Fleur d’Uccle Bantams arriving. This will surely keep me busy through the winter. Come spring I’ll pick the birds I want to keep, and the rest will be sold.
It is doubtful that any other single breed of chicken has inspired more people to keep poultry as a hobby or fancy. When the Cochin chicken made its debut outside of China it was met with astonishment, wonder, and awe. Continue Reading