Cochin Chickens

Cochin Chicken

Cochin Chicken
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Breed Club Secretary

Nina Morgan
83 Roseland Road, Waurnarlydd, Swansea,
SA5 4ST
UK

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History

The first records in the UK date back to the 1830's / 40's when early imports were presented to Queen Victoria and they were known as Shanghai's and of differing types. The game forms were used in the Malay and the large abundantly feathered ones were consolidated in the Cochin. The Chinese Shanghai fowl came to England and America in 1845. The name of this Asiatic breed was later changed to Cochin. The earliest Cochins were more or less buff in color. Its striking appearance, due to great size and profuse soft feathering, distinguished it from all other known breeds at the time. Cochins created a sensation in England, resulting in a great boom for the 'Cochin China', as it was called in the days of the 'Cochin craze'.

Characteristics

Many varieties of Cochins have been recognized. They are Buff, Blue, White, Black and Partridge.

Both male and female are massive in appearance, with an extraordinary plumage and a great abundance of down in the under-fluff, producing a rather bulky appearance and conveying the idea of even greater weight than actually exists. Legs yellow by preference rather than straw.

Breed Tips

Primarily bred for exhibition, the Cochin is capable of being a meat type fowl.

Purpose

Dual

Classification

Heavy / Soft feather

Origin

Asia

Egg Color

Tinted

Egg Numbers

120 per annum


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