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Are Brahmas lazy bums or is it just mine?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicken Cake, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Chicken Cake

    Chicken Cake In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2015
    I have two Brahma pullets that are 16 weeks, two Barnevelder pullets that are 14 weeks and a 6 month old Golden Comet (?). The Comet (Waffles) used to have a similar aged friend but she was rehomed last month for being overly nasty to the chicks and generally not fitting in. The two older girls were very active and made the most of their free ranging time. Minimum of 2 hours and 6-8 on a good day.

    It took a while for the chicks to realize they were safe from random attacks after the other hen left but they are starting to venture out further and Waffles is bonding with them. Kind of a happy medium with her leading them to the best spots rather than pecking around the entire yard like she used to. Problem is, these two Brahmas lay down after about 30 minutes and stay that way for an hour. It’s not dust bathing. They just plop down in a leaf pile, under a bush or in the middle of the yard! The more active Barnevelders are torn because they grew up with the Brahmas and they want to peck around with Waffles.

    I know it will work out eventually and we love them, but is this normal behavior for Brahmas?

  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Pretty normal. I don't have Brahmas, but I do have standard sized Cochins (which are sort of similar). They're big fluffy birds that aren't the best foragers, generally. And, depending on where you are, if its hot they're probably spending most of their time trying to keep cool.
  3. newmarch2014

    newmarch2014 Songster

    Mar 27, 2014
    Yeah, it takes a lot of energy to build those Brahma bodies. During this phase they are growing so fast they need lots of rest time as they build their muscles. Once they reach about 9 mos old or so they start to keep up with the rest of the flock. Mine were forever crouching down to rest at that age but now that she is over a year she takes just normal chicken naps. My rooster that I gave away is the same, keeps up with his girls just fine now.
  4. Chicken Cake

    Chicken Cake In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2015
    Thanks. They are huge and awkward. The smaller one acts normal most of the time but the larger girl doesn't expend any energy she doesn't have to. I thought it was heat at first so I started letting them out only in the morning and late afternoon on hot days but it was the same outcome.

    Hopefully the Barnevelders branch off with Waffles soon. Right now there are 3 impatient chickens dancing around the couch potatoes. LOL

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