Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred animal myself
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted Oct 08, 2009
We have raised Buff, Dark, and Light Brahmas, and have really enjoyed keeping them. They are very winter hardy, and have proven their value laying through the coldest months.
Brahmas are large birds (or rather medium sized birds if you own hatchery fowl) and it is best to start handling them at a young age. They mature slowly and rarely lay before 7 months. They continue growing for several years.
Our birds personalities have varied with each individual. Most have been very calm and lazy. Bahmas are prone to fatness with age, and will easily over eat.
Feathered feet can be an issue with poor weather. Under free-range conditions most feathers will fall off their feet. If they do not fall off during the winter it is best to check and make sure they are not collecting ice balls under their feet, as this can cause toes to become frostbitten. Scally mites also enjoy feathered feet, so keep an eye out.
If you are purchasing from a hatchery understand that most hatcheries cannot produce a decent Columbian patterned fowl. Hatchery Light Brahmas are splotched all over the place with black, Darks tend to have brown in their feathering, and Buffs are also inconsistent.