Cochin Chickens
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Cochin Chickens (pronounced “coach-ins”) are an Asiatic Chicken that was bred at least 150 years ago in Shanghai, China. The Cochin Chickens were known for their laying and meat production. In fact, in the 1840’s and 1850’s, when families often raised their own Chickens, imported Cochin Chickens set off a mania, similar to the Tulip Mania in Holland, because of their reported efficiency as an all-around family fowl.

The fad caused over-breeding and in-breeding from a limited stock which in turn caused the offsprings’ egg-laying and meat production abilities to suffer. Soon the mania-generated prices for Cochins were unwarranted, and the breed lost popularity.  


Today, Cochin Chickens are not known as either layers or meat producers. They are better known as an exhibition breed with average abilities in both areas.