Silver Penciled Cochin Bantam Chickens are one of many bantam varieties of the Cochin Chicken. Cochin Bantam Chickens are derived from the standard breed of Cochin Chickens. The Cochin Chicken is a chicken breed originally bred in China and they were traditionally known as Chinese Shanghai or Cochina China.
This exotic breed was first exported the 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. The Cochin Chicken’s most notable feature is the amount of frilly plumage covering the leg and foot or the bird, a characteristic shared by only a few other chicken breeds. Cochin Bantam 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.