Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, Easily handled, Calm, Bears confinement well, Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Light, Buff, Dark, Gold, Black, White, Blue, and Blue Columbian.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:

    There has been considerable controversy over the true origins of the Brahma breed, but appears to have developed in the US originally, from birds imported from China. They were send off from the port of Shanghai and were thus known as "Shanghai birds". Brahmas as we know them were first exported to England in December 1852, when George Burnham sent nine "Gray Shanghaes" to Queen Victoria as a gift. The Dark Brahma variety was developed by English breeders from this stock and later exported to the United States, where the Brahma was the principal meat bird from the 1850's to around 1930. Some of these birds were very big, with males weighing in at up to 18 lb and females at 13 lb.

    The Light and Dark Brahma were developed and included in the first edition of the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 1874 and the Buff variety was added in 1924. The Australian Poultry Association has accepted black, blue, partridge, crele and barred varieties of Brahma in addition to the standard light, dark, and buff.

    Brahma eggs

    Brahma chick

    Brahma juveniles

    Brahma hen

    Brahma rooster

    For more about Brahmas and their owners' and breeders' experiences with this breed, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Pea
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Light Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Light, Buff, Dark, Gold, Black, White, Blue,and Blue Columbian.
    Breed Details:
    I started breeding the standard Light Brahmas in spring of 2008. The Brahmas are a very friendly, docile breed. Neither one of my roosters have ever been aggressive with me. The hens are good layers of large brown eggs. So far, the Brahma chicks have been very easy to hatch, brood, and raise. This breed does very well in cold and hot weather. At around 7 weeks of age you can start to guess the genders of the chicks. At around 12 or so weeks of age you should know for sure the sexes of your chicks. The hens usually start laying around 5 months of age. My hens usually lay every other day.







Recent User Reviews

  1. Farmerwife1
    "I LOVE this bird"
    Pros - She is calm and easy to catch and hold. She is the Softest chicken I have ever felt. She lays brown eggs all winter. She is great in both summer and winter.
    Cons - She only lays eggs October-May. But, that is when the rest of my chickens start laying, so not a problem.
    LOVE THIS BIRD! GREAT addition to our flock and I am getting 3 more this year!
    Purchase Price:
    Purchase Date:
    March 2018
  2. G Mitch
    "Just ok"
    Pros - Nice looking breed . Docile and calm
    Cons - Just na average or slightly below average layer
    I enjoyed having these as they are a great looking bird and a calm non combative breed . For me though , the egg laying just wasn't there . I prefer the heavy egg production of the Comets , Leghorns , and Rhode Island Reds . These are a good breed for younger children to raise as they are not at all aggressive and really easy to handle . Roosters are very attractive .
  3. Table4Six
    The biggest, sweetest chickens.

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  1. Bettyboop7499

    My husband bought the Brahma chicks thinking they get huge, do they? Or is it only a particular breed that get huge?
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    1. cluckmecoop7
      They can get to 10 pounds.
      cluckmecoop7, Mar 19, 2019 at 5:11 PM
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  2. Bettyboop7499
    Hello, today my hubby brought home 5 Brahms's and 5 Ameracana but he can't remember which is which...
    5 have bluish black beaks & feet...which breed of chicks have those colors?

    Thank you!
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    1. cluckmecoop7
      Sorry, I can't help you with this one.... :(
      cluckmecoop7, Mar 19, 2019 at 5:12 PM
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  3. cluckmecoop7
    Quite nice.
  4. Fostersman
    I have all three varieties, Dark, Light, Buff. I’ve raised other chicken varieties before these girls. Only negative thing I have found with Brahma breed, their not very smart. Other than that, they are a wonderful breed. Going into the first winter with these girls, we’ll see how they do!
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  6. ChickenzRCul
    Amazing nice birds, planning on getting more.
  7. tommytyler
    looking for brahmas in colorado. please help, thanks
  8. Stacey724
    I do love the Brahmas. Like others I am looking for the Giant Brahma that you commonly see on the internet. Please help. I can not seem to find them any where. If any of you have them let me know I just want some eggs to incubate. Thank you have a great day all.
    1. nightowl223
      There is no "giant Brahma." The ones you have seen are simply Brahmas. They get very large, and people videoing them will choose an angle where it makes them look even larger than they actually are.
      nightowl223, Jun 11, 2018
  9. ShalonaK
    So there has been a video going around about the GINORMOUS brahma chicken that looks like its 4ft tall. My sweet neighbor is dying to have one so I am wondering does this really happen? I want to gift her one if I can but I don't want to get her hopes up if they truly don't get that big... Can anyone help me with this?
    1. Stacey724
      If you find out where to get some let me know I am looking as well.
      Stacey724, May 16, 2018
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    2. nightowl223
      There is no "ginormous Brahma." The ones you have seen are simply Brahmas. They get very large, and people videoing them will choose an angle where it makes them look even larger than they actually are.
      nightowl223, Jun 11, 2018
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    3. ShalonaK
      How big are they compared to Jersey Giants?
      ShalonaK, Jun 23, 2018
  10. vllang
    What are the average weights today? I thought the Jersey Giants were the only chickens this big until today when a friend of mine got some chicks and said they were giants. My auto response was oh you got Jersey Giants. He said no they are Brahmas. I had heard of Brahmas before but never realized they were so big.
    1. djcap
      My roo's are about 12 to 13lb's and my hens are around 10lb's
      djcap, Apr 9, 2018
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