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Poultry Breeds - Brahma Chickens

Poultry Breeds - Brahma Chickens


Origin: The ancestry of the Brahma traces back to China although much of their development took place in the U.S. between 1850 and 1890. The breeds is named after the Brahmaputra river in India.

Characteristics: Good Brahmas are beautiful, stately birds. Their large size and gentle nature combined with intricate color patterns makes them favorites for the country estate. The Brahma's appearance in the showroom never fails to command the admiration of one and all. These qualities have made them a favorite with showmen and fanciers. Brahmas do go broody and are fairly good mothers. Their pea combs with red wattles and earlobes, together with profuse feathering and well feathered shanks and toes enable them to stand cold temperatures very well. The relatively slow rate of growth and long time required to reach maturity have caused Brahmas to be passed by as a commercial fowl.

Standard Weights (Light): Cock-12 pounds; hen-9-1/2 pounds; cockerel-10 pounds; pullet-8 pounds.

Standard Weights (Dark and Buff): Cock-1 1 pounds; hen-8-1/2 pounds; cockerel-9 pounds; pullet-7 pounds.


Skin Color: Yellow.

Egg Shell Color: Brown.

Use: A very heavy fowl for the production of heavy roasters or capons. Fair egg layers.



Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison

American Brahma Club, Doris Robinson, Secretary, 1608 Zipperer Rd., Bradenton, FL  34202, (941) 748-8398, e-mail:

Ekarius, Carol. "Chickens: Brahma." Pocketful of Poultry: Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub., 2007. 38-41. Print.


Amanda Howard,


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