Barred Cochin Bantam Chickens are one of many bantam varieties of the Cochin Chicken. Cochin Chickens are a chicken breed originally bred in China and were traditionally known as Chinese Shanghai or Cochina China. This exotic breed was first exported to England and America in the mid 19th century and eventually led the craze for the poultry “fancy” movement – chicken breeders new desire for foreign poultry to show and raise as pets.
They appear excessively large due to the abundant amount of soft and fluffy plumage covering the bird’s body. The Cochin Chicken’s most notable feature is the amount of frilly plumage covering the leg and foot or the bird, characteristic to only a few other chicken breeds.
Cochin Chickens do make excellent mothers and will even foster baby chicks of a different breed, and their docile nature and beautiful fluffy plumage allow them to make great pet chickens.