Everything You Need to Know About the Brahma Chicken

Posted by Paige Cerulli
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The Brahma chicken is quiet and easy to tame, known for its impressive size and appearance.

The Brahma originated in America. The breed was created by crossing large chickens that had been imported from China. Over twelve different names were used to describe this new breed of chicken, but eventually the “Brahma” name was decided upon, clearing up much confusion.

In 1852, Brahmas were exported to England. In England, a Dark Brahma variety was created, and was later shipped back to the United States. The Dark Brahma weighs about one pound less than the Light Brahma variation.

Because of the breed’s large size, Brahmas were initially used as a meat breed. Thanks to their docile personalities and wintertime hardiness, the large birds are easy to keep, making them a popular breed among hobbyists and breeders, alike. As egg layers, Brahma hens lay a significant amount of brown eggs.

The Brahma chicken breed is considered a heritage breed and The Livestock Conservancy categorizes them as “recovering” as they become more popular with chicken keepers.

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General Appearance

Brahmas are large chickens, weighing between 9.5 pounds and 12 pounds on average. They feature notably dense plumage, and their feathers are present down their legs to their middle toes. Brahmas have a pea comb.

Coloration

Brahmas are recognized in Dark, Light, and Buff colors.

Egg Laying

Brahmas tend to be good egg layers, laying large, brown eggs.

Temperament

Brahmas tend to have quiet, friendly personalities, making them easy to tame. They do not fly, so they can be easily contained, even by a short fence.

Easy to care for and with docile personalities, Brahmas are used for both meat and eggs today. These large chickens are impressive to raise and watch, making them a great choice for any chicken owner.

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Brahmas are officially recognized by the American Poultry Association

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Everything You Need to Know About the Brahma Chicken