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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Cold Hardy, Friendly, Good Layers, Beautiful
Cons - Lower on the Pecking Order
This is by far the best bird I've had. My Buff Brahma, who I appropriately named Buffy, is friendlier than all of my flock, even my Cochins. They are cold hardy and lay quite a lot of eggs, yet you could use them as meat birds if you so desired. Be warned that these girls do however end up towards the bottom of the pecking order if put with more aggressive breeds like RIR. I've never had a bad Brahma though, but I'm sure they're out there.
Pros - Beautiful
Cons - Feathers can present a problem in cold climates
We love, love, love our Brahmas. Our three girls (2 buff and 1 light) are the "gentle giants" of the flock. They all have friendly, calm personalities, are decent layers, and the first to greet us whenever we arrive back home! Haven't had them over winter, so we will see how their feathered feet do in the snow!
Pros - easily handled
comes when you call her
loves being petted/being around people
Cons - a little noisy
Pros - Sweet, Loving
Cons - Eats a lot
I love my Light Brahma, I got her in spring 2016, so she is about a year and a half old. She is the largest chicken in the flock. She is very loving and sweet and she loves to be held.
Pros - Hearty, strong bird
Brahma's are the most popular big breed in my country, and for a good reason. They're gentle giants. The males are impressive looking, and the hens surprisingly good layers for their size. They also go broody often.
my girls are getting bigger they are almost 10 weeks old now they are very sweet and don't run from my hand when i go to pet them or pick them up
Pros - fun loving hens
Cons - none
I have 4 lights and 2 dark they are great chicken!I wonder what a dark brahma rooster with a light hen chicks would look like.
Pros - Sweet, cute, pretty and strong!
Cons - Rough with some breeds (not all).
I haven't had them for yet 2 years, but so far they are so far great!
I think the pea comb is much nicer than a rose comb.
They are heavy and big so I would not suggest them as a little kid friendly chicken,
they could be great with small children, I don't know, but they are tough and protective.
The Brahmas do awesome with other Brahmas. I have Buff!
So far so good!
-The Angry Hen
Pros - Cold resistant, broody, docile, eagle-lookiing eyes, beautiful plumage, heavily feathered feet, large size, good mothers
Cons - Panting in summer heat, need extra-wide roosts, don't fly well, ours had scaly leg mites, too broody for our needs, eat a lot
We had two Brahma hens for a couple of years in our mixed-breed flock before we gave the whole flock away due to them not laying many eggs anymore. Their color was Partridge, which I find stuning. They were all-in-all very beautiful, with a burly and fluffy sort of built, unlike most other chicken breeds that have a more streamlined look to them.
They hade a rose comb, meaning they barely had a comb at all, merely a low ridge of skin on the top of their head. Such a comb is unusually resistant to frost-bite. That, along with the hens' tight plumage and large size, made them resistant to the cold of Swedish winter. On the down side, our Brahmas stood around panting in the summer heat more than any other of our chickens.
Another double-edged sword about them is that they have heavily feathered feet. This is beautiful and rather unusual, but I've read that it makes it easier for them to get scaly leg mites, and our Brahas did indeed suffer from that condition. One treatment seemed to cure them, though. Furthermore, such feet-feathers are prone to get muddy, and wet in winter, which increases the risk of them getting frostbitten toes. And apparantly they don't help the chickens' feet stay warm in the cold. All in all, I think the downsides of foot feathering outweigh the upsides.
The Brahmas got broody a lot, which for us was mostly a con, beause we were more interested in getting eggs than more chickens. When we let them sit on the eggs, they became great mothers.
As I said, they are very large chickens, which has pros and cons of its own. I've already mentioned temperature handling. Apart from that, large size seems to deter raptors around our area; they are more interested in small birds. But their heaviness makes them bad fliers. And while this may make it easier to fence them in, it also forced us to build a ramp for them to reach the roost that was sitting five feet above the floor. They had no problem jumping up into the nests that were about three feet up. Also, we made an extra wide roost, because I'd read that a normal-sized one would risk defoming their breast bone, due to the high pressure such a thin object would cause on their heavy bodies.
One of my favourite things about this breed is that they have heavy brow ridges, giving them a unique eagle gaze.
Another good thing about them is that they seem to be generally restistant to disease. Some of our other chickens got a bit under the weather occasionally, but not the Brahmas.
They are docile, but not overly so. They are not like the Orpingtons we had that just lay around all day; the Bramas aren't super active, but not super-lazy eather, and will forage if allowed to free-range. And while they were rather tame, they wouldn't let us touch them.
Overall I would recommend the breed for anyone wanting to add a huge chicken to the flock.