Cochin Bantam Chicken
The Cochin Bantam Chicken is also known as the Pekin. They are originally from China, but have gained great popularity throughout the world as an ornamental fowl.
Cochin Bantam Chicken’s are moderately sized Chickens. Their impressive plumage makes them appear much larger than they actually are. Cocks usually weigh about 30 ounces and hens around 26 ounces. They have a single, moderately sized comb that stands upright on the head. Their beak is short and curves to a point. The Bantam Cochin’s face is very delicate and, unlike other breeds, does not have wrinkles or bristles. Their eyes are moderately large and set in a short head. The entire body of the Bantam Cochin, including its feet and legs, are covered in a dense, soft plumage. Bantam Cochins come in as many as 14 different color variations, though not all are accepted in the show ring.
Characteristics: A vigorous chicken, the Cochin Bantam Chicken is most highly valued as an energetic chicken. They are also excellent brooders and can be good egg layers. Many people keep Bantam Cochins as pets. Cochin Bantam Chicken are sometimes used as a foster mother for other breeds because of their excellent mothering skills. Well adaptable to confinement or free range; calm, docile; more easily handled.
- Standard Weights: Cock-32 oz; Hen-28 oz; Cockerel-28 oz; Pullet-26 oz.
- Varieties: Buff, Golden Laced, Red, Black, Blue, Mottled, White, Columbian, Brown Red, Barred, Partridge, Birchen, Silver Penciled & Splash
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Egg Shell Color: Tinted
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: China
Bantams are suitable for smaller backyards as they do not need as much space as other breeds. Bantam hens are also used as laying hens, with some breeds laying up to 150 eggs per year. However, Bantam eggs are only about one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg. The Bantam chicken eats the same foods as a normal chicken. In commercial situations they are fed grain-based foods because this is convenient and efficient for the producer. Chickens in the wild eat more insects and vegetation than grains.
Bantams have become increasingly popular as pets as well as for show purposes because they are smaller and have more varied and exotic colors and feather patterns than other chickens.
In contrast, the Bantam rooster is famous in rural areas throughout the United Kingdom and the United States for its aggressive, “puffed-up” disposition that can be comedic in stature. It is often called a “Banty” in the rural United States.
Many bantam hens are renowned for hatching and brooding. They are very protective mothers and will attack anything that gets near their young.
Bantams do have a higher mortality rate when they are kept as backyard pets. They are easy targets for hawks, cats, foxes, or any other small predator.