I have owned 3 Cochins, 1 boy and 2 girls.
I used to have a boy, who was a rescued, (He was going to be eaten) we had him when he was around 2 months old and he used to be mummy's little boy (Littarly we used to take selfies together).
As he got bigger and older he had more and more faults, he thought he was so small, when he mated but he did make a few of my hens bleed (Some were small, some don't like being mated) and he had grown a bigger attitude with me (he used to peck me and wouldn't come near me).
The two new girls who I got when they were 2 years old, were from a terrible farm, they came into my coop terrified of both chickens and people, every time I pick them up they show that they are frightened of me and more I try to get them to be used to it, the more and more stressed they are. They are also a job to hold if they don't like being picked up because there wings will hit you and it hurts.
Pekin,Cochin bantams, as they are called in Europe are breed from those brought back from Pekin China during the opium wars. Then things happened in UK to develope a weak breed into what we know and love now. Of course work is still on the go and the German and Dutch have gained change in the breed to give us almost perfection. Mine enjoy the gardens here in Letland.Winter is down to -34 and summers up to 90+ and they survive with insulated cabins outside. They dislike snow but otherwise are as hard as old boots. We grow fruit and veg in one section and lawns in the centre grounds gives my Cochin bantams all the space they need to grow and impress us all. Like a cloud of mist they race across the green sward of grass white, buff and mixed all together but penned as separate this works for us. We watch out for the fox and hawks but the balls of feather remain in charge of the land. I lost one to a next door dog and now have fenced them off. The woodland helps hide the bantams and they spend time in the woods then sunbath near the pond on the lawns at two every day. Like clockwork and easy to track we love them and sell when we have so many broodies that we breed trios for sale and it pays for their corn and mash and so costs us little to keep twelve birds. I make and have made their housing and that is part of the fun too. I am so hooked on the flock I even have joined the International Cochin Club and hope to show at their arranged Cochin shows. To us here at home we would not be without them and for what little damage to cabbage and lavender heads we grow more and so no problem. No other plant is touched it seems so besides grass they do not over eat and so being so little and with massive feathered feet they are clowns at work and laughable to observe. They do not dig holes do not scratt the soils and behave like trained children following you around at heel hoping for worms as you hoe or dig. Pets really but their eggs are great but for every one you will need two. Cakes , breakfasts and then hatching for summer chicks. Hope this helps you decide on having Cochin Pekin bantams. They do not require much space but if you have it, no problem.
My cochins would eat out of my hand and follow me around the garden and they always were ready to eat!
They are such friendly birds
So tame, that you trip over them, great in large groups. Ever so gentle. Just a big bundle of fluff. Not a great amount of eggs, but quite a good size. My favorite breed.
I own lots of cochin, both hens and cocks are friendly, okay they dont lay loags of eggs but make up for it with pretty and character....
My Cochins are just the best !!
I find them a quiet breed not making to much noise at all . I find them great in the garden not scratching up and making a mess like my other chickens do . My cochins are friendly and very pritty birds , none aggressive , very happy with my other chickens if not a bit submissive with the other birds to be honest . They are a lovely looking fluffy all round georgous breed on the whole and i prefer them to any other breed and am looking out for more
The behaviors listed for the Giant Cochins are spot on. I would just add a couple more. They are nosey, very sociable and quite funny. When I am eating on the deck they spend the entire time, chatting with me and telling me that I should instead be sitting in their pen visiting. Also while it says they can live in a small space, they are a bit chatty and noisy. I am hoping that doesn't bother my neighbors, so I spend a lot of the time telling them to shush! Wherever I am in the yard, and they spot me they come running -- full on -- with their wings out to the sides. They look like flying pigs. I really recommend this breed, and am loving my hens, Knit and Purl. The two of them only lay 3 eggs a week, which is just right for my family of two people.
lovely chickens. Really easy to keep. feather feet arent a problem if not kept in enclosed run.
Tame and friendly.
just the best chickens i have owned
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