Cochins: the gentle giants of the chicken garden

The Cochin is a versatile chicken that adapts well to different living conditions. They feel at home in both large gardens and smaller spaces. In addition, they are good layers of medium-sized, brown eggs. At De Meidoornhoeve, we are happy to share our knowledge about the care and behavior of these majestic chickens.

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Origin of Cochin chickens

The Cochin chicken is an impressive and majestic breed of chicken that originated in China. Also known as the Chinese Cochin or Shanghai chicken, this breed was brought to the West in the 19th century and quickly gained popularity for its imposing size and unique appearance. The Cochin chicken has been a favorite among breeders and chicken lovers worldwide ever since.

Characteristics of the Cochin

Cochin chickens are easily recognized by their massive bodies and lush feathering. They have a broad, deep breast and a short, firm back. Their legs are completely covered in feathers, giving them a bulky and almost bulbous appearance. This abundant feathering comes in a variety of colors, including black, white, buff, blue and more, giving Cochins a colorful and varied appearance.

Het indrukwekkende uiterlijk van de Cochin kip wordt verder versterkt door hun rustige en zachtaardige karakter. Ze zijn van nature kalm en tam, wat hen tot ideale gezelschapsdieren maakt. Hun vriendelijke aard maakt hen geschikt voor zowel ervaren fokkers als beginnende kippenhouders.

Friendly and social character

Cochin chickens are known for their friendly and social nature. They are tame and love to be around people. Their quiet behavior makes them an excellent choice for families and hobby farmers. Despite their size, they are gentle and easy to handle, contributing to their popularity as ornamental and companion animals.

Origin and history

The history of the Cochin chicken begins in the region around Shanghai, China. In the mid-19th century, the first Cochins were exported to Europe and North America, where they immediately impressed with their huge size and abundant feathering. The Victorian aristocracy in England was particularly enamored with these chickens, which contributed to their rapid popularity and spread.

Health and care

Cochin chickens are generally robust and healthy, but their abundant feathering requires extra attention. It is important to keep their feathers clean and dry, especially around the legs, to prevent infections. They can withstand cold temperatures well thanks to their thick plumage, but extra care is needed in hot climates to prevent overheating. At De Meidoornhoeve, we make sure our Cochin chickens receive the best care and nutrition to ensure their health and well-being.

Conclusion: A cochin makes a difference

Whether you are a beginner in the world of chicken keeping or an experienced fancier, the Cochin chicken offers something unique for every setting. Their friendly nature, beautiful appearance and ease of care make them a favorite choice for many. Visit De Meidoornhoeve and discover how these beautiful Cochin chickens can enrich your life and gardening experience.