Even fluffier than my Pearl, are this pair of Cochins, as illustrated in the Biggle Poultry Book from 1895.
In 1849 a ship arrived in England with six Cochins. They caused a sensation. Soon after, America also received their first breeding stock and soon Cochins were found at poultry shows and in flocks of the well-to-do. They’ve never been the most practical of birds to keep, although their persistent broodiness was a welcome trait in the days before the invention of the brooder. I’m hoping that Pearl will go broody in a couple of weeks, so that I can put my new chicks under her. Topaz, my Orpington (also a fluffy-feathered old breed) is already showing signs of wanting to sit on a next of eggs. Which hen will it be? The Cochin, the Orpington, or both? You never know.