Heidi Strawn
February 4, 2011


Photo Credit: Courtesy Tom Roebuck

The Cochin chicken breed originated in China and became popular in England and the U.S. in the mid-1800s. Developed as a dual-purpose chicken, the Cochin provides both meat and eggs. It comes in both standard and bantam sizes and in a number of colors, including black, buff, partridge, white, barred, brown, golden-laced, mottled, silver-laced, and blue. The Cochin is listed on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy’s Priority Watch list.


Weight: 8 to 11 pounds

Urban Uses: Cochin chickens are primarily considered ornamental chickens, though hens do lay an average of two eggs per week. They can be used as broody birds, as well.

Egg Size: Medium

Books & Magazines:

Cochins International
American Poultry Association

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