Originally Posted by boskelli1571
So - I have a couple of questions for you Breda folks. First - I'm told they are lager than the average chicken. Since I'm building the coop and run from scratch, do I need to make size accommodations? Secondly, are they/do they get broody - or do I need to get a Silkie or some other broody type to hatch eggs? Anything that you can tell me about them is gratefully received - info. is sparse on these beauties.....
Supposedly the hens are not prone to broodiness but I don't breed or hatch chicks so can't say first hand other than what I read. With our Breda she has not shown any broody tendencies. Most of the info I've been able to glean is that the males get to 6-lbs and the females about 4-lbs. They look larger than what they weigh. With all the feathers on the tail, vulture hocks, and legs/toes, the Bredas seem larger. The males are slow growing and at 6 months old barely have any tail feathers but once they slowly mature they are gorgeous! I was mis-sent a Breda cockerel 4-mo-old when I pre-ordered for a Breda pullet. When he arrived I thought he looked strange for a pullet and got confirmation from a Breda breeder who confirmed my suspicion. We re-homed him with a friend who rescues unwanted cockerels/roos and battery hens. He became part of their family taking over the dog bed to sleep every night! He comes and goes in the house as he pleases, they really love him -- more like a dog than a chicken! We finally got a Breda pullet juvenile and she was a lot lighterweight at 4-mo-old than the cockerel we were mis-sent but she was every bit as friendly, outgoing, curious, and unafraid as the cockerel was. She was very dainty as a juvenile taking careful steps with her big fluffy feet but since she's been outside, a lot of her leg feathers and vulture hocks have dwindled because of all her activity free-ranging, dust-bathing, and exploring every nook and cranny in the outdoors. I've been told by breeders that with their cavernous nostrils Breda are prone to sniffles. Both Bredas we received had sniffles that turned into very frequent sneezing so I took both of them to the vet when the issue didn't resolve by itself. Both Bredas arrived with cocci but easily treated with Corid. The cockerel had worms and had to be treated accordingly. I take fecal samples to the vet on any new birds so I can nip things in the bud right away.
A curious look into the camera by this Blue Breda cockerel 41/2 mo-old. He's developing long wattles.
He liked looking at himself in the oven window. We had to tape his leg quills because he kept picking and making them bleed. The paper tape over the quills allowed the quill roots to heal and he stopped picking at his feet. The paper tape gave him good freedom of walking motion and he hardly noticed his toes were bandaged.
He was growing very fast and the wattles were darkening and he had a nice triangle crest growing on his head.
Sickle feathers growing in on the cockerel and tail feathers not growing as fast.
This was the first day our 41/2 mo-old Breda pullet juvenile arrived at 2.1-lbs and right out of the box started to follow us around the house as if it was the most natural thing to do. Notice that she doesn't have the developed wattles that the cockerel above had and she was definitely more petite.
While our Breda pullet was in quarantine indoors she was a dainty little thing with long flowing feathered feet and she stepped high when she walked.
For size comparison this is our Blue Breda pullet about 11-mo-old with our 21/2 yr-old Blue Wheaten Ameraucana (flapping her wings).
Our 11-mo-old Breda pullet with 2 bantam Silkie hens. She still has feathered hocks and legs but not as pretty as when she was living indoors. Still she gets the most notice from our visitors.
Another size comparison with a Blue Wheaten Ameraucana hen, a Silkie hen, and the 11-mo-old Blue Breda pullet. The Breda weighs about 11/2 lbs more than the Silkie and about 1-lb less than the the 5-lb Ameraucana. The Ameraucana looks bigger/heavier than she really is because she has an abundance of downy feathering. The Breda's feathers are sleek and close to her body in comparison and she has very pretty long tail feathers.
Breda pullet standing next to a Silkie hen looking through our screened door. Bredas have a very beautiful confidant stance but more beautiful than their appearance is their great temperament -- ours is active in the backyard but not aggressive toward flockmates, yields and submits respectifully to our older Silkies, does not pick on our docile timid Ameraucana. She loves digging in my garden when I'm digging and she's really worn down her toe feathers -- but then so have our feather-footed Silkies.
I've been accused of really adoring our particular Breda hen and we were impressed with the mis-sent cockerel as well. But in talking with other Breda owners and breeders they have similar favorable experiences with their Bredas. Some have said to be careful in a henhouse that if a Breda spooks they jump straight up rather fast and can hit you in the chin but then they calm down just as fast. They are calm birds but can surprise you with their sudden quickness to run after a bug or lead the pack running to get treats from your hand. I think Breda breeders are trying to develop a larger bird but for myself I'm quite pleased that we have a good egg-layer without the aggressive demeanor like some of the larger dual-purpose breeds we've had to re-home because they didn't play nice in the flock and turned bully on the smaller gentler breeds. Don't know if any of this info helps you. Hope I haven't bored you