The Cochin Chicken arrived in England and America in 1845. Out of the two breeds, one breed originated from Shanghai in mainland China, the other from Cochinchina, a French colony in southern Vietnam. Gifted to Queen Victoria of England, she universalized the name "Cochin" for her breed of Asian chickens.
The PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Chicken Feeder is weather resistant, shielded from the weather and very efficient for keeping your chickens feed with little waste and even less attention. If feeding corn, the 1-inch regulator disc can be used. When feeding cracked corn or peas, it is recommended to use PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Chicken Feeder's ½-inch regulator disc to feed these chickens. The opening ensures the easy flow of feed. It is wide enough to regulate the flow and it does not clog up the feed.
The Cochin Chickens are most known for their size and profuse feathering with thick down in the under-fluff. They are gentle, docile and brood well. Though big in size, the eggs they lay are small to medium sized brown eggs. They are considered dual-purpose. When harvested between 15 and 16 months, it would weigh about 12lbs the meat would be of the best quality. Cochin chickens come in bantam version as well.
An interesting fact is that together with the Brahma chicken, the Cochin sparked “hen fever” which was a national obsession for poultry that overtook America and England around 1850. Cochins are recognized by the American Poultry Association in color patterns of Buff, Partridge, White, Black, Silver Laced, Golden Laced, Blue, Brown, and Barred. They were admitted to the Standard of Perfection in 1874.