The beautiful Cochin Chicken was originally known as the Chinese Shanghai, which arrived in the UK from China in the 1800’s. Queen Victoria was presented with some in the 1840’s and the Royal family have kept Cochins ever since.
The late Queen Mother was an avid fan of them and Cochins are now popular throughout the UK. They have a heavy plumage and feathered legs, which look stunning, but the feet feathers can become soiled if the chickens are kept outside and get wet. Cochins are ideal as pets for children because they are very docile. They are also successful as show birds and although they are not prolific layers, they do make good mothers. There are various colours available, including Buff, White, Black and Blue and also a frizzle-feathered variety.