Details on Cochin chicken

Cochin hen

This is a beautiful, big breed of chicken makes for a wonderful pet and mother. Feathered legs enhance their elegant composure.

Cochins chicken originated from China, and it linked to Europe and eventually came into North America during the 1840s and 1850s.

Cochins chicken was mentioned on the first edition of the standard of excellence in the exhibition poultry by William Bernhardt  Tegetmeir in 1865.

Today the complete list of color varieties accepted into the America standard of perfection are brown, red, golden laced, blue, partridge, brown, silver laced, buff, black, white, barred, Columbian, and red.

With so many different color varieties, it can be a bit hard to chose, can’t it?

Now let’s see why this chicken is different from other chicken.

  1. Size and weight: Cochins are undoubtedly one of the largest breeds of chickens you will ever see or have in your poultry farm. The female birds weigh about 7 to 8 pounds while the male/rooster birds weigh about 11 pounds as you can see this chicken breed is very big in weight and size and very fluffy feathers.
  2. Temperament: Despite the large size of this bird, they are always calm and friendly birds, they are very child-friendly and also submissive to other birds. Cochins hens are very broody hens and make excellent mothers. You can incubate over a dozen eggs under this hen.
  3. Egg production: Honestly Cochins don’t have amazing annual production like other hens, this is because they mostly spend a lot of time during the laying season and brooding over their eggs and chicks. Average egg production for a cochin caps out between 160-180 eggs per year. So if you acquire these birds you most know that is for eggs production but maternal qualities.
  4. Meat production: Since Cochins are such a large breed chicken, they can be fabulous in meat production. Although this bird is not for meat production alike broiler because it will take Cochins 6-7 months before it reaches table size.

How to care for Cochins chicken

Feeding

These birds do not require a specially tailored diet, during laying period Cochins need standard rations with appropriate laying feed just like layers. Please make sure to provide extra protein when you notice molt so they can grow healthy new feathers.

Housing

There are no different pen construction between other chicken and  Cochins chicken you only need to add a couple of space in the pen due to their size.

Healthy management  

Cochins are pretty easy birds to raise as far as health goes. Do remain aware of lice and mites when keeping Cochins. Cochins can be especially good host animals for external parasites since they have such dense feathers. Also, keep an eye out for scaly leg mites on their legs, Since their legs are feathered, they can be prone to mites

Do not panic if you discover any of these critters on your birds; there are many effective ways to treat this condition. You can dust the run area and clean coop with several different products. You can individually treat each bird or just treat the living quarters. No matter how you do it, make sure those bugs stay gone!