Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Sep 08, 2014
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.