Although, the name "Brahma" comes from the river Brahmaputra in India, the Brahma chicken was imported from China to New York, in 1846. At the time, the Brahma and Cochin were both called Shanghais, and it is unknown to this day, if the Brahma was an actual authentic import, or a cross of Cochins and Malays. Either way, the massive Brahma has remained one of the most popular chickens throughout the world, and has founded innumerable breeds.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Pea Comb): Barred, Black, Blue, Blue Partridge, Buff Columbian, Buff Laced, Crele, Columbian, Gold Laced, Silver Laced, Partridge, Silver Penciled, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 34 - 38 oz
Largefowl: 10 - 11 lbs
Personality: Brahmas are docile, friendly birds that make excellent pets.
Broody: Yes, excellent mother
Preferred climate: Cool
Handes confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
Brahmas are very fluffy, and can have troubles keeping themselves clean. They are more prone to develop mites, scaly mites, and lice. Make sure your Brahmas have a dusting hole, and check them one a month for mites and lice. If noticed, get a chicken friendly pesticide.
Brahmas can collect mud, poop and sperm near their vent. To keep it clean, their vent may need trimmed several times a year.
If permitted to play in the snow, birds may collect ice balls on their feathered feet. These ice balls should be checked for daily, and removed to prevent frostbite
excellent temperament, greatest winter fowl, Cold hardy, quality eggs, BIG chickens, dual purpose fowl
legsscalyleg mite, clumsy mothers, muddy conditions
frequent brooding, conversation starter, hatch ducks eggs, interesting color patterns, good winter layers
A Very Zen Hen
First off, my husband is not a chicken lover. He doesn't mind them but truth-be-told, he is a tad fearful of them. Some people just don't like birds I guess! However, he LOVES Brahmas! They are big, beautiful, and have gorgeous feathered legs. They coo beautifully as chicks and nothing seems to bother these birds. It's nice to have a bird that is so "chill" however, I have lost more of this breed to hawks and predators than any other. We also live near a large cornfield and I swear these ladies get lost in their pursuit for tasty treats and can't find their way back home. With that being said, I wouldn't recommend them for free -ranging, unless you live in a safe area. Too many of my Brahmas disappeared. A Note About Climate: These gals do very well in many kinds of climates, however, their feathered legs tend to get dirty and wet easily. So, if you live in a cold, or wet, climate make sure their tootsies stay dry and clean!.
From annieanalaigh Jan 11 2019 5:42PM
Necessary for Flock Health
Providing adequate space for all flock members is necessary for maintaining flock health. When chickens don't have enough space disease can spread rapidly and the flock can become ill and die. It is recommended to have a minimum of four square feet of space for each chicken in a coop. .
From Mia B 379 days ago
My Experience With Brahma Chickens
When we raised Brahma chickens we only had males. We raised them primarily as meat birds. The quality of meat is wonderful! However, I am not sure about their egg production or size as I only had males. They were great foragers and handled the cold quite well. I would prefer to have a Brahma rooster watching my flock because they are large birds but have a good temperament for a rooster.
The downside to owning Brahma chickens is they do not like heat, and they are not very pretty. They are mainly one color. Also because they are great meat birds they grow to be quite large and for that reason do require a lot of food. I would recommend Brahma chickens because they do serve multiple purposes and their temperament makes them easier to handle..
From jenlynn10 Jul 29 2015 9:54AM