Chicks and Kids: Cochins
Holy moly is it HOT! This beautiful 4th of July weekend we reached the 90’s and boy did it feel like it. I’ve talked about our dogs in previous blogs and I worry about them in the heat. They aren’t outside a whole lot when it’s super hot out and I worry about animals that are outside all the time-like farm animals. I know they’re built to withstand all sorts of weather conditions but I’m a worrier. A few blogs ago I wrote about keeping your flock cool, which may come in handy these days.
So before I jump into the final recommendation for chickens and kids, let me gently remind all of you to drink plenty of water, watch how much time you spend in the sun, and take care of yourself. And apply these principles to your animals, too!
Cochins are what a lot of people envision when they start a flock. They can look like the traditional big white bird, or multi-colored, or even a beautiful speckled color.
They’re very calm birds, and exceptionally friendly, which makes them a great choice with kids. They’re quite submissive to other birds as well. Unlike a lot of other breeds, they don’t fly much so low fences work quite well for containment.
Cochins originate from China in the mid-19th century. The smaller Bantam variety was introduced in the late 19th century.
The typical variety is one of the bigger chickens to prance around a chicken coop. The rooster can weigh in around 11 pounds while the hens come in at an impressive 8 pounds. The hens use their considerable size as great mothers-they go broody and can incubate as many as twelve eggs! They’re great mothers and take care of the chicks until the chicks are ready to fly the coop.
Quick facts about the Cochin
- Very broody
- Egg production is low, topping out around 180 annually
- Cold hardy
- Capable of hatching more than one batch of eggs each year if allowed (including duck and turkey eggs!)
- Prone to obesity (another chicken directly descended from my family line, I think!)
- Often described as a “lap chicken” because of their friendliness (especially hens)
- Feathery legs and toes
- Light brown eggs that are large to very large in size
- Red five-point comb, wattles and ear lobes