Partridge Cochins are eye-catching birds. They are also one of the sweetest breeds of chicken and make fantastic pets.
Partridge Cochins were among the first varieties of Cochins to be included in the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection, in 1874, along with the Buff, White, and Black varieties.
The word "partridge" refers to the color pattern, which is complex and beautiful. These animals are striking for their size, the fluffiness and quantity of their feathers, the fact that not only their legs but even their toes are feathered, and their docility. Only a two-foot-tall fence is necessary to contain them because they do not fly and have no desire to escape.
Cochins first came to the United States in the 19th century and were sometimes called Shanghai Fowl. They were an immediate sensation, and along with Brahmas, fueled what is now called "hen fever." During the 1850s, in both the US and England, keeping backyard poultry became widely popular.