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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Docile, calm, easy to handle, quiet, good layers
Cons - A little less friendly than some breeds
I purchased day-old bantam Buff Brahmas from a hatchery, ending up with 4 pullets and 1 cockerel, a nice little breeding group. The chicks were handled frequently but were never nearly as friendly as my Easter Egger bantams, and that was a bit disappointing, but they are gentle birds overall and easy to handle. There are two things I love about my Brahmas - my rooster is very gentle so far. He is 9 months old and his great temperament could change, but he's been a fine lad to this point. He has never once attempted to bite or scratch me, although he has tried to engage in a tug-of-war when I removed one of the girls from the coop. He is quite nice to his girls, too, and very protective, on top of being gorgeous. This I like a lot, because a nice rooster is worth a lot if you want to raise chicks, and I want to raise chicks.
The other thing I love is how these little girls lay. Bantam hens are the bomb, and Brahma bantams are quite respectable layers. I have four 9-month old pullets and I am collecting 18+ eggs per week, sometimes 21 per week, and they are quite large for bantam eggs. My little girls are a fraction the size of their large fowl counterparts, less than one fourth the weight, but they lay 70%-80%+ of the egg! Two of my pullets regularly lay eggs that weigh over 1-5/8 oz. A "large" egg from the grocery store will weigh an average 2 oz. This amazes me. It's magic that these little chickens lay these beautiful eggs that taste wonderful.
I cannot find many people who agree with me (although I have found a couple), but I think bantam eggs are tasty little gourmet things, due to that larger yolk-to-egg-size ratio that is well known in connection with baking using bantam eggs. More yolk ounce-per-ounce provides a richer tasting egg, and I think I can tell the difference. My neighbor thinks he can, too, and it completely surprised him when he first ate bantam eggs.
Obviously, because they are bantams they can be more inclined to go broody, which can be a pro or a con, depending on one's objectives in raising chickens.
I'm not crazy about the feathered feet because they can be messy, but I have to admit it's cute. And finally, one thing I really like is the adorable friendship between two of my pullets. They were picked on by one of the other pullets to the point of drawing blood. I removed them from the coop and gave them their own apartment. They are so fun to watch. They love each other and they do everything together, including seemingly help each other lay, at least it looks like "helping," and moving each other's eggs around. It endears them to me, it is so sweet to see. I cannot imagine separating them.
Pros - None
Cons - None
I heard that they are good mothers and are tame and are beautiful AND hardy but I want to know more about Brahma bantams AND if there are breeders in Oregon! Please help!
Pros - Sweet, constantly calm, quiet, small size, great for kids
Cons - not the brightest crayons in the box, susceptible to predator attacks, hard to find good quality
Out of the chickens I've had, this breed has been my favorite. They don't mind one bit if you pick them up and seem to quite enjoy your company. With their small size, it's easy to see how these hens could live in anyone's backyard, even in the densely populated city. The one rooster I had was such a gentleman. He would only make noise twice a day: once to let us know it was morning and once to let the hens know there was some good food. That was it! He was such a good boy. His death was very sad, but as I would imagine is not uncommon for this breed. My rooster was so friendly I'm sure he tried to make friends with the predator that laid the one fatal blow to his head. Poor guy spent a night in the "emergency ward," aka the bathroom of our cabin, before he succumbed to his wounds. The hens still live to this day and I must say they are similar to other bantam hens in that they don't lay many eggs. However, they do a great job at being mothers. Overall, this breed is has a great disposition, small compact size, and remains very quiet. I would recommend brahma bantams to anyone that just wants a friendly breed or a breed great for children. Did I mention they have really fluffy butts? I got mine through an auction house near our farm. It isn't always easy to find show quality versions, but try this website: http://www.horstmanspoultry.com/bantamshome/buffbrahma.html. I've heard great things about Dick Horstman's birds, and his pictures look just like my birds. If anything happen to my sweet hens, that's where I would go to find more.
Pros - lay light brown little eggs, smart and quiet
Cons - shy around people and slow to mature
I got 5 bantam brahmas along with some silkies and bantam easter eggers from cackle hatchery. My Brahmas were shy around people from the get go, despite my handling them as often as possible. They look gorgeous, but were slow to mature. Fat, fluffy little things that are wonderful mothers for baby chicks of any kind and are excellent mothers of my baby guinea keets! Our rooster makes a funny little crow that sounds like "ooooh-ooh!" instead of cock-a-doodle-do. It is charming and sweet. Calm rooster that has gorgeous feathering and is friendly with my other roosters!
Love these little birds, but I wish I had ordered a few more! We ordered 30 standard size Buff and Light Brahmas for our egg concern this year because we adore the little size so much!
Pros - very sweet and kid friendly.
Cons - too trusting and easy prey for predators. Good egg production, but not nearly as prolific as the flighty and aloof Leghorn.
One of my favorite breeds. the Buff and the Black and White are fun to have as pets and I had good egg production too, though eggs small.
Pros - eggs
Cons - does not announce she has laid an egg
Our Buff Brahma lays large dark brown to light brown eggs so far she has laid three times this week with two being laid two days in a row.
I wish she would announce that she laid and egg like our Black Star does.
Pros - Pretty color docile
Cons - Males make a terrible sqawking sound
Bought these Palomino Brahma hatching eggs last Oct .Supposed to be sort of rare
.I just like the color of the hens and the roo both
They SEEM to be sexlinked or i happen to have like colors in the same sex
Hard to find info on them.
.Story i read said Dan Powell created this color lookng for a Buff laced Brahma.
These are noiw 14 weeks old. Cockrels are getting the RIR red on their sides Before they looked exactly like a BB.Cant wait to see the finished . grown birds
Hens had a white not quite lacing not quite spotting all over but now at 14 weeks seems to have a lacing on thier neck but not their bodies Have no idea if it will go back to all over but hope it does. I like the all over speckled/laced effect.. BAD photo i know Neck is lightly laced.
Pros - low quiet crow, very docile, kid friendly, good for small spaces
Cons - can get too fat, almost too docile
In my opinion, Brahma Bantams are the perfect city chicken. They are super docile. Easy for kids to pick up and carry. Their feathered feet don't damage your yard. Best of all, they rooster's crow is low and deep, not easily heard in all the surrounding area. They tolerate cold temperatures extremely well. They lay well (for a bantam) and usually lay during the wintertime when other hens are "on vacation". They are a good chicken for beginners to start showing, since they are very patient with bathing, etc.
Pros - Super friendly. Bright and inquisitive. Beautiful
Cons - Haven't found any.
I have two little hens. They are pets only, so egg laying and meat are of no importance to me, so my review is based strictly on personality. If you want a nice compact feathered best friend, I highly recommend them. Mine are super sweet and snuggly. I got them as companions for my Red Jungle Fowl rooster, and they are really tolerant of his antics as well. I wouldn't trade my girls for anything. I get major snuggle time with them daily where they can't seem to get close enough to me, and thrive on face rubs and (yes you read it right) kisses. They are bright little birds that are curious about everything around them, and a joy to have around. I got mine from a rescue, so purchase price is also irrelevant.
Pros - Beautiful, good layers, broody, and very sweet
Cons - Feather footed (for us), bleaches easily.
Our Buff Brahma, Goldie, is such a sweet girl. She is beta, and helper to the alpha, Pearl. She is the mother chicken of our flock, always keeping peace between the more flighty birds of my flock. She is also such a card to watch! When she runs, I can't help but laugh at her fluffy self . She doesn't fly much, which is good because we have a lot of ways to get out of our yard. I would recommend this breed to a beginner, although bleaching and the feathers on her feet make it hard to let her out when it's especially sunny.