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Brahma

Average User Rating:
4.31496/5,
  1. Kittle74
    5/5,
    "Love them!!"
    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.
    Overall:
    5
  2. The Angry Hen
    5/5,
    "Love Brahmas!"
    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
    Overall:
    5
  3. Henrik Petersson
    3/5,
    "Docile, unique looking with eagle eyes, hardy,..."
    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.
    Overall:
    3.5
  4. PastaChickenBoo
    4/5,
    "My Brahma Chick, Stars"
    Pros - Curious and bright!!
    Cons - Her fluffy feet get messy.
    My five week old light brahma is AWESOME! Stars is curious and bright-eyed and is the first to inspect a new thing in her coop。
    Overall:
    4.5
  5. sassysarah123
    5/5,
    "I love my Light Brahmas"
    Pros - Tame, Great lap birds!
    Cons - None
    I love my Light Brahmas! They are so sweet and tame! They make an excellent pet, and their egg laying is very good! When I sit down they jump into my lap and go to sleep. I highly recommend the Light Brahma to any backyard flock.
    Overall:
    5
  6. HeavensHens88
    3/5,
    "Brahmas- nice, docile breed!"
    Pros - Docile and placid; gorgeous birds; decent eggs
    Cons - Don't do well in hot weather; target for bullying by other, more aggressive chickens
    Very good breed for the novice with a small flock. They do tend towards obesity if you let them and that only adds to the hot-weather problems. Easily tamed- I consider them one of the most intelligent birds in my flock! Lays many tan eggs if not overweight. Even the roosters tend to be gentle... but that leads to them being on the lowest ranks of flock hierarchy, which also lends itself to the slight chance of cannibalism. Great bird for a small flock of non-aggressive breeds!
    Overall:
    3.5
  7. Minnowey
    5/5,
    "Sweetest Birds You Can Find"
    Pros - Sweet, Hardy, Unagressive, Beatiful Eggs, Friendly
    Cons - Extra Care Of Feet In Winter
    I have had a Bantam Dark Brahma, River Styx, who was as friendly (and as fast) as could be. she would never beat up on other birds or struggle in my arms. My current Brahma bird, India (no, I didn't name her) is much like River Styx. She comes right up to me. When her sister died, she was sad for a week, not eating and drinking at her normal level. Despite her size, she is friendly to all of my other chickens, and her feathered feet are always very gentle when she paws at my legs. Wonderful birds.
    Overall:
    5
  8. unicornmomma
    5/5,
    "Big docile dolls"
    Pros - Very cold hardy, gets along well with everyone and everything, beautiful!
    Cons - Extra care for fluffy feet in winter, if they're being picked on they will never dish it back
    My sweet buff brahma, Coconut Korma, is very docile and friendly. She is my hen that will wait to go into the coop at night until I get home from work, so that I will pick her up and hold her before tucking her in. She is gentle enough that my four year old daughter is able to carry her around, but that can be both a blessing and a frustration-- she is so sweet that she never, ever fights back. She is the only brahma in my flock (she was a mystery chick), and even though she is the biggest hen now, everyone still is extra rough with her because they can. Even the dogs know she's the one that will run instead of dish it back. I would recommend that, if you have a mixed flock, you get 2-3 brahmas, so they can be their own little pacifist mini-flock. Just the one is not enough. They do also mature very slowly because they're giant, but my lands is it worth it, it's like having a giant teddybear that's actually a chicken. Good winter layer as well, and she doesn't even notice the cold. I do have to check her leg feathering every night when it's cold though-- if the feathering gets wet, it will freeze and damage her feet. I just bring a towel out with me at bed time and dry off everyone's toes, so it's not that much extra work for me, but something to be aware of if you live in extremely cold climates.
    Overall:
    5
  9. Flock Master64
    2/5,
    "Buff Brahma"
    Pros - Very sweet and gentle, mine loves to just sit with me and let me pet her.
    Cons - Gets bullied easily but mine isn't full grown so things might change
    Very good breed. I have one Buff Brahma pullet named Annika. Like I said up there she's very sweet and gentle towards people butt gets bullied easily by my older hens but she's still a baby so things will hopefully change. She hasn't started laying eggs yet so I can not inform you on how that goes.
    Overall:
    2.5
  10. PeepersMama
    4/5,
    "Sweet chickens"
    Pros - BEAUTIFUL! big, calm, easy to tame, love other brahmas, pretty eggs, lap chickens, good free-rangers, cutest, fluffiest butts EVER!
    Cons - Not the best layers
    I love my brahmas. My three buff brahmas are BBF's - constantly hanging out - ALL. DAY. LONG. They were raised by a broody hen and are still quite happy to come up and sit in your lap. My light brahma, Babs, is always one of the first ones to come up to me so she can make "The funny sound" of her beak scraping my jeans. Babs also lays eggs with purple spots. Yes, purple spots. They're so cool! The three younger girls haven't started laying yet, but if they are better Layers than Babs, I will update. I would definitely recommend this breed to a beginner.
    Overall:
    4.5

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