Brahma Chicken

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)

Gender: Both





Hen brooding behavior


Foraging ability


Tolerance for heat


Tolerance for cold


Meat quantity


Egg quantity


Large eggs


Colorful eggs


Small Quantities for Small Homesteads


United States

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.

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