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Cochin Chickensrneat just about anything and suffer from the resultant obesity. However, if onernwants a chicken to love, choose a Cochin.rnrn

rnrnTheir large size,rnfull plumage and heat-producing appetites equips them for the cold weather.rnCochins only lay an average of two, medium brown eggs per week or 120 perrnannum. Cochins seldom fly or wander and forage little. Overall, they producernpoorly in every category. They lay few eggs, mature slowly as a meat fowl, andrnsuccumb to metabolism, heart, liver, and fertility disease. However, what theyrnlack in production, they make up in personality.rnrn

rnrnrnrnCochin arernpeaceful, friendly, quiet, and easily handled. They seemingly like confinementrnand make themselves comfortable in any environment. Good pets, the Cochin dornwell in a backyard. They seldom cackle even when laying. The hens make greatrnmothers. Breeders have even seen Cochin roosters feed and warm the chicks.rnCochins have a submissive demeanor with all. Owners seldom choose Cochins forrntheir production qualities. rnrnrnrn

rnrnLike a rabbit inrnthe chicken world Cochin have the appearance of a big, fluffy ball of fur orrnrather feathers. Thick, downy feathers cover even their legs and feet. Cochinrncome in many colors: Black, Buff, Partridge, White, Barred, Brown Red, GoldenrnLaced, Mottled, Silver Laced, Birchen, Blue, Columbian, and Red. The cockrnweighs eleven pounds. Hens typically weigh nine. The Cochin rooster has arnmedium-size, single comb with the usual five points but an unusually long thirdrnpoint. Hens have a very small single comb that follows the curve of theirrnheads. Both the rooster and hen have long red wattles with matching oblongrnearlobes.rnrnrnrn

rnrnThe feathersrnwhich make the Cochin so attractive also present several problems. Leg and footrnfeathering of the Cochin can cause mud balls which lead to frostbite or fungus.rnConfine them on wet days. Inspect your chickens often. Their feathers can hidernsmall scrapes which easily succumb to infection in the moist environment ofrntheir downy feathers. The Cochin's dense feathers can inhibit reproduction.rnBreeders either clip vent feathers or resort to artificial insemination.rnFinally, their plumage can lead to overheating. Keep your Cochins inrntemperatures below ninety degrees Fahrenheit. Monitor your Cochin's feed andrnprovide abundant greens to prevent obesity with its associated diseases.

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