Acquired: Bred animal myself,
Oakland, California, United States
Posted Jul 14, 2015
My family raised brahma chickens for many years. Although brahma chickens are generally considered good broiler chickens (that is, raised for their meat), we never butchered them and kept them solely for their eggs. Brahma chickens are a very large breed, and like any larger breed of anything, requires more space and feed.
Why did we keep a large, broiler breed exclusively for eggs? Well, for one, our main livestock were rabbits, so we always had plenty of rabbit meat to eat and didn't need to eat our chickens. Secondly, and most importantly, I think my parents just liked the way brahma chickens looked more than other breeds.
As a kid, I remember being fascinated by the social behavior of these chickens. I spent hours watching them peck around and cluck and interact with one another. I had names for all of them and my sister had a different set of names and we'd argue about which chicken was which.
Overall, I never spent much time actually caring for the chickens except for the occasional coop cleaning and regular food and water. I feel they were pretty much self maintaining. Fresh eggs can't be beat though and one day I hope to have a yard and a chicken coop of my own.