Cochin Bantams: An education in style.
2010 Black Cochin Male
Cochin Bantams are supposed to be a miniature version of their Large Fowl counterparts. Often times we see bantam Cochins set too low to the ground because their legs are too short to keep their keels from dragging. Certainly you don't want them too leggy, but some leg is required to keep them off the ground and maintain that nice round full breast, along with the flow through the underline without the front end crashing into the ground in a mass of undefined feathers. However, feather mass is important in a Cochin. The feathers give the appearance of greater size and provide shape and style that Cochins are known for. The challenge is achieving the feather mass required without producing a bird that is overall too large in frame and bone structure.