Day Old Buff Cochin Baby Chicks
Hatching February to July.
Cochins are giant fluffy, feathery balls, and Buff Cochins are beautiful representatives of the breed.
Production: While Cochin hens experience relatively short periods of intense laying, most people do not keep Buff Cochins for their egg-producing capabilities. Instead, they are loved for their attitudes as they are sweet, docile, friendly birds.
Temperament: Possibly the friendliest breed of chicken, Cochins are well known for their temperament. They don't try to escape, they do very well with children, and their owners tend to love and adore them. Believe it or not, even the roosters are calm and friendly.
History: Buff Cochins were among the first varieties to be included in the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection, in 1874. The first Cochins arrived in Massachusetts in the 1840s. White, Partridge, Black, and Buff Cochins were included in the first standard.
The breed originated in China and was sometimes called Shanghai Fowl in the early days of their popularity. And they were popular! Along with Brahmas, Cochins inspired what is today known as "hen fever," which was a period during which keeping "fancy" poultry became an enormously popular pastime.
Colors: Buff Cochins are... well, they are buff-colored. That is, they are a rich reddish-yellowish-orangish-brownish color. Both males and females are buff all over. Combs, wattles, and earlobes are red.
Conservation Status: Watch
Body Type: Cochins are large birds that appear even larger because of their abundance of fluffy feathers. They are round in just about every way a chicken can be round. They have feathered legs and feathered toes. The feathering on their toes makes them susceptible to frostbite when their pens are muddy; otherwise, the breed is well-suited to colder temperatures.
Weights: Cockerel 9 lbs, Pullet 7 lbs
APA Class: Asiatic
Photo courtesy of Tracy Little