About The Cochin

The Cochin, as we know it today, originally came from China in the early 1850s, where it was known as the Shanghai, and later still as the Cochin-China. The breed created a sensation in this country in poultry circles because of its immense size and table properties. Moreover, it was an excellent layer. It was developed, however, for wealth of feather and fluff for exhibition purposes to the extent that its utility characteristics were neglected, if not made impossible, in winning types. There are no Cochin bantams.

Cochins are renowned for having for extremely kind and quiet dispositions. Given its excellent temperament and placid attitude it is easily tamed and very friendly, making them a popular pet breeds for children and novices. Mature birds also do not roam much and do not fly well at all, making them easier than most breeds to confine.

About The Club

The Cochin Club was founded in 1902. The Cochin Club has always worked diligently to promote the breed for both the exhibitor and the person who simply likes to have something aristocratic in the garden. After the Second World War there were few classes for Cochins but gradually during the late 1960s and 1970s the breed became more widely kept and then really burst back into life in the 1980s.

The Cochin Club welcomes all who keep the breed. They are both friendly and aristocratic. Effort is not something that is inherent in a Cochin fowl. However they will reward your effort with quiet dignity and fluffy prettiness standing by the kitchen door or feed shed waiting to be fed.

Exhibiting Cochins

Traditionally in the past the Birmingham show always had a stronger entry of birds than the London Crystal Palace. It is interesting to note that these two shows have now evolved into The National Poultry Show (previously London Crystal palace) and The Federation Championship Show (previously Birmingham).

The Cochin Club show is now held at Stafford and there is a stronger entry of birds at this show. In the late 1980’s and 1990’s entries of over 100 birds could be expected. It is now more common for the entries to be below 100 at either show.