Brahma Chickens
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Brahma Chickens (not to be confused with Brahma Cattle) are referred to as the “King of All Poultry” because of their size, strength and vigor. The Brahma is known as an Asiatic Chicken, even though it was bred in America and England from Chinese Black Chicken stock.

Brahmas may look strange compared to our images of Foghorn Leghorn, but they have some very practical qualities. First and most important to our forefathers is that they are very hardy and don’t die easily. For their size, they are also fairly good egg-layers and are considered winter layers since they have increased egg production from October to May. Brahma eggs are large and colored medium brown.

Production

Brahmas grow to 13 or 14 pounds (5.9 kg to 6.4 kg) for hens and 17 to 18 pounds (7.7 kg to 8.2 kg) for cocks. From 1850 to about 1930, the Brahma, which could feed a medium-sized family, was considered the leading meat chicken. Because of their natural size, Broilers could be harvested as young as 8 to 10 weeks and Roasters at 8 months, and were still tender at 12 to 13 months.

Brahma Chickens do well on dry, well-drained soils in moist, cool climates. If it is too muddy, the feathers on their shanks and toes can be a big problem. They don’t need high fencing because they do not fly very high and they actually handle confinement fairly well. Because of their pea comb and tight feathering, Brahma Chickens are ill suited to hot, warm climates.

Varieties

The large Brahma breed comes in three colors varieties (Light, Dark, & Buff) and all have feathers on their shanks and toes, with a pea comb and smooth-fitting plumage and a dense down in all sections. Brahmas have wide heads with skulls projecting over the eyes (a feature called “beetle brow.”) Dark Brahmas tend to be about a pound lighter than Light Brahmas.