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History of Cochin Bantam Poultry

8-Month-Old Gold Laced Cochin Bantam Cockerel

The name ‘Cochin’ comes from the Chinese name ‘jiujin huang’, translated as ‘nine-catty yellow’.

Cochins are closely related to the Brahma chicken.

8-Month-Old Partridge Cochin Bantam Cockerel

“There are, it is claimed, carefully kept records in certain Chinese retreats and monasteries of Cochin fowl which go back 1500 years! Great numbers of these birds were raised by the Brothers. The ‘kin-kee’ (gold-flowered) it is said, were the most esteemed, both as regards antiquity and purity.” - ‘Cochin Bantams’ book, ‘A Brief History of the Cochin Fowl’ article

In this photo the male Partridge saddle (lower back) and hackle (back of the neck) feathers are bright orange-red. His black feathers have a greenish tint giving him a colorful appearance.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: Cochin Chicken Coops

During the ‘First Anglo-Chinese War’ (‘First Opium War’) the British in 1842, led by Captain Edward Belcher, defeated the Chinese and captured Hong Kong. Captain Belcher returned to England and gave Queen Victoria and Prince Albert the first Cochin chickens (5 Buff hens, 2 Buff roosters) ever seen in Europe.

At that time Cochins were only found in China, Vietnam and Sumatra (an Indonesian island).

8-Month-Old Partridge Cochin Bantam Pullet

Beautiful pullet (a female chicken less than 1 year of age).

Feathered Feet of Cochin Pullet

Cochins were shown in England at the Birmingham Exhibition of 1850. Exotic and unusual animals fascinated the Victorians. Chickens with feathered feet were unheard of then.

The British began breeding them, creating a fad called ‘Cochin Craze’, ‘The Fancy’ or ‘Hen Fever’. New chicken breeds were developed from this interest in exotic breeds from faraway countries.

This photo is the same pullet as in the above photo.

8-Month-Old Silver Penciled Cochin Bantam Pullet

During and after the ‘Second Anglo-Chinese War’ (‘Second Opium War’) from 1856-1860, British soldier brought back Cochin Bantam chickens from China.

At that time they were called Pekin Bantams, and are still called that in some areas of Europe. They were also called ‘Shanghai chickens’ (Shanghai is a Chinese seaport).

8-Month-Old White Cochin Bantam Pullet

With attitude.

“It is doubtful that any other single breed of chicken has inspired more people to keep poultry as a hobby or fancy. When the Cochin chicken made its debut outside of China it was met with astonishment, wonder, and awe.” -The Livestock Conservancy

8-Month-Old White Cochin Pullet

“There is now no doubt that what is now known as the Cochin started in the Western World as ‘Cochin China’, ‘Shanghae’ and various other terms. When they first arrived they caused a sensation, and the shows were full to overflowing and very large prices were paid for the birds available.” -’Brahma & Cochin Fowls’ book by Joseph Batty, 2002

Partridge Bantam Cochin Feather

At the New York Poultry Show in 1893, Buff Cochins were the most popular bird. In 1903 they were the second most popular bird (after the Black-Breasted Red Old English Game chicken).

White, Fluffy Bantam Cochin Feather

"There is also just as surely a distinct kind of feathers for Cochins, as there is a distinct type and carriage for them. True Cochin feather has a distinct and different texture from the feather found on other breeds. There is a correct proportion of fluff and real feathers to be found on truly good Cochins." -'Cochin Bantams' book, 1945

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