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
Small Quantities for Small Homesteads
I started off with 30 Brahmas. For a small homestead, that was a bit too many as they take up a lot of room with their size. I find it is best to give them twice the space per chicken that I would a more standard sized breed.
Oddly, I found my buffs and my lights to be extremely friendly, calm and a pleasure to own. My darks were not that friendly and aggressive with the other chickens. I really cannot imagine that had to do with being darks and honestly I chalked it up to the fact that most of them were roosters. But I have stuck with lights and buffs since that experience.
They are also beautiful. When they finally get their full plumage they are a sight to behold, especially with their penciling. My hens love to dig themselves little pits together and then they all sit there in a group talking like a group of women playing bridge and discussing local gossip.
I found the buffs to be in high demand so chicks and pullets were very easy to sell.
The only cons I found were slow growth, feeding, and nesting. Sometimes the weight of the hen would crack eggs. These cons were small in comparison with the pros and I will never hesitate to have Brahmas on my homestead, but I will definitely have them in smaller numbers for the meat and eggs for the family. This is probably not a breed you could have in large quantities and see a profit from due to how much it costs to feed them, as I find they do not forage as much as some other breeds..
From farmgirl2015 Sep 8 2014 7:30AM
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 158 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