The Brahma is an American breed of chicken, actually an Asiatic chicken breed. It was developed in the United States from birds imported from the Chinese port of Shanghai and was the principal American meat breed from the 1850s until about 1930.This breed was the principal meat Chicken breed in the United States from the 1850s until about 1930. Nowadays, people raise Brahma chickens for both meat and egg production and also for ornamental purpose. There has been considerable controversy over the origin of the Brahma. Weight: 5.5 kg. the cockerel has black and white hackles and saddle feathers, and a black base and tail.
Brahma chickens were the result of limited cross breeding with Chittagong chickens which gave the Brahma the distinctive characteristics of head shape and the pea comb, and another breed that derives from the Shanghai breeds.
The American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection included the Light and Dark Brahma in the first edition in 1874 and Buff variant were added later (in 1924 or 1929). They are stately birds with an upright carriage and a large head.
There it is considered that Brahma chicken breed originated from India. And the name Brahma comes from the river Brahmaputra in India.
Other Names: Brahma Pootra, Burnham, Gray Chittagong, Shanghai
The female has a grey body, breast, back and wings. She is covered in white and light grey pencilling. The Dark Brahma was also first recognised in 1865. The Buff Brahma has a similar pattern to the Light Brahma, except its colouring is a pale orange-brown. It was first recognised in 1924. The hen has a dark Gray and black pencilled feathers with the same hackle as the light.
Weight: 4.5 kg
Brahma chickens need a fair amount of space due to their size.
They can live in confinement with other breeds, however, having very docile, calm personalities.
Brahma chickens are dual purpose breeds. They are very beautiful, large and hardy birds. They are stately birds with an upright carriage and a large head.
They should almost appear to form a V, when standing. They stand fairly tall, males more than the females. They have strong feet with feathers extending all the way down the middle toe.
The plumage of Brahma chicken should be held more tightly. They have pea comb and they can adopt themselves with all types of climates. They are winter hardy birds and lay large light brown color eggs.
Brahmas are very large, stately, docile birds who make good reliable broodies which can cover a large number of eggs due to their size. Although the hens lay larger eggs, but it’s pretty small compared to their body size and weight.
Brahma hens also lay less eggs than other Chicken breeds. The chicks grow quickly and they are cute. Brahma chickens are elegant birds with beautiful feathering. They prefer dry conditions because of their foot feathering they can develop mud balls or fecal balls on their toes. If this is not removed, the loss of nails or the tips of the toes may result.
Brahma chickens are slow maturing birds compared to other breeds. They are friendly with humans and are very easy to tame. They take a lot of space because of their large size. But they do not fly and you can let them to roam happily outside in the garden or pasture. Brahma hens usually start laying eggs after their six or seven months of age and they continue laying throughout the winter. The profuse feathering makes them very good at withstanding cold winter weather.
3 main categories are light, dark, and buff.