Courtesy Tom Roebuck
The Cochin chicken breed originated in China and became popular in England and the U.S. in the mid-1800s. Developed as a dual-purpose chicken, the Cochin provides both meat and eggs. It comes in both standard and bantam sizes and in a number of colors, including black, buff, partridge, white, barred, brown, golden-laced, mottled, silver-laced, and blue. The Cochin is listed on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy’s Priority Watch list.
Weight: 8 to 11 pounds
Urban Uses: Cochin chickens are primarily considered ornamental chickens, though hens do lay an average of two eggs per week. They can be used as broody birds, as well.
Egg Size: Medium
Second Thoughts: Cochin chickens may be too big for small urban farms, but the breed does well in colder climates. Feed them greens daily for optimum health.
Breed Association: Cochins International, American Poultry Association