Breed Spotlight: The Brahma
Brahma chickens are a timeless favorite of many chicken keepers. They are hardy, dual-purpose, and very docile! Brahmas are probably best known for their large size, with males reaching upwards of 12 pounds.
Brahmas have been part of the American Poultry Association since its inception in 1873 and is recognized in 3 colors; Buff, Dark, and Light. The exact origins of Brahmas chickens are somewhat controversial, but it is generally accepted that modern Brahmas were developed in America between 1850 and 1890. The development of Brahmas was possible with the bloodlines of imported large fowl from China via the Port of Shanghai. This breed is named after the Brahmaputra river in India.
Brahma chickens are most easily recognized for their heavily feathered legs and feet. This heavy feathering makes the Brahmas bet suited to dry, well-drained conditions. If any build-up of mud and moisture accumulates on the leg feathering, this can make their toes prone to frostbite.
Brahmas have a good production rate of 3-6 medium-large brown eggs per week. Due to their larger size, Brahmas can be slow to mature and usually begin laying between 20-24 weeks old. The tendency to grow slowly is usually most evident if brooded with faster-growing breeds. A Brahma may seem to have growth issues because they are sometimes smaller as a chick and adolescent, but with time they soon surpass their brooder mates in size.
Brahmas will thrive in confinement as they are too large to clear any fencing, generally very docile and less active than other breeds. Brahmas do tend to go broody and make excellent mothers. The natural mothering and good egg production, and roosters being sizable table birds, make Brahmas ideal for a self-sufficient homestead. Brahmas sport a tight, pea comb, and their larger body type makes them ideal to withstand the conditions of colder climates.
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Consider adding 1, or 2, or even 5 of these gentle giants to your flock. Brahmas make an excellent, stately addition to any flock, and you are sure to be charmed by their laid-back and well-endowed personality!
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