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Brahma Chickens

February 3rd, 2011 at 14:04

Brahma Chickens Are A Very Large Chook, With Profuse Feathering.

Brahmas Background & Appearance.

brahma chicken pictureBrahma Chickens originated in the Brahmaputra region of India. They were imported to the UK & US in the mid 1800′s. Originally known as the  Brahma Poutras Chicken.

Brahma Chickens are quite majestic and are sometimes referred to as the King Of Chickens due to their large size, the cocks can weigh between 11 & 12 pounds. They seem even bigger as they have a profuse of feathers which extend down their legs and onto their feet.

Brahmas have either a triple or  pea comb, small wattles and a beetle brow. These birds are quite sedate and have a broad body and deep breast. They also have a surprisingly small head for such a big bird. The face is smooth and prominent eyes peak out from it.

The most common colours for Brahmas is multiple pencilled partridge or triple laced variety. Other colours include Buff Columbian, Columbian, light, dark, white, gold and cuckoo.

Brahma Chickens Egg Laying & Broodiness.

For a big bird, the Brahma lays relatively small eggs. They are not amongst the most prolific layers and don’t start to lay until about 7 months of age. However you can expect 2 – 3 eggs per week from your Brahma hen. They also lay into the darker months as well.

Brahma’s do tend to get broody, but this can be ideal if you’re looking for a broody hen to incubate another hens eggs, as this large bird can cover a lot more eggs than most others.

Caring For Your Brahma Chickens.

buff brahma chicken pictureIf you want to keep a pet chicken that is a friendly docile bird and you have other layers to provide more eggs, then Brahmas are for you.

They are easily trained and love human company. They are extremely tolerant to other breeds of chickens you may have. In fact if you want to breed them, the cocks are docile and don’t make too much noise.

One consideration is that due to their size, they do take up more space in the coop than most hens, so bear that in mind when buying your chicken coop. Brahmas like to roam, but are equally happy in a grassy run and as they don’t fly the run fence only needs to be a couple of feet high.

Try to keep them away from muddy areas as (like Silkies & Cochins) their feathered feed can develop mud  or fecal balls which left unattended can develop into claw or toe loss. So please check daily.

Brahma Chickens Are A Lovely Large Tame Bird, They Mix Freely With Other Breeds & Will Happily Sit On Others Eggs. A Geat Addition To A Backyard Flock…

Watch these majestic birds walking about the yard…

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