How big do Brahma roosters get?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Andora, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Out of the two buff Brahma pullets we ordered, one turned into this:

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    He is HUGE!

    Both the roo and those two SF's are the same age. They're about 17 weeks now.

    How much longer will he keep growing? Is he supposed to be this large? He's a lot bigger than the Brahma pullet we got with him, and twice the size of all of our other chicks.

    When should I expect him to start crowing? So far, not a peep. I live in a suburb but I am really hoping to keep him...

    This is the pullet, isn't she pretty?

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  2. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    South Dakota
    He's definitely not done growing yet... [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I was going to add a picture of my boy Rudy, but for some reason it's not letting me paste the image thing from Photobucket [​IMG]
     
  3. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about the size issue but those are gorgeous birds! I have Light Brahmas in the bator but I am inclined toward the Buffs too!
     
  4. Javamama

    Javamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They get BIG! Ours was about twice as big as the hens at around 9 months. I never weighed him and he isn't here anymore. I'm sure someone will pop in with some numbers.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Well, let's see. I took this pic the day Thor (and the rest of the flock) turned 10 months old:

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    I weighed him that same day and he was 13 1/2 lbs. He's easily twice as big as my hens. They'll be 11 months old in a few days and I'm pretty sure he's not finished growing yet. He seems to grow right before my eyes. [​IMG]
     
  6. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    13.5 pounds!?!

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    They are more like small turkeys than chickens! lol.

    Do they crow exceptionally loud for their large size? I desperately want to keep my boy. If he only crows a couple times a day I don't think it will really bother anyone, it can't be worse than barking dogs. But if he crows like a freight train multiple times a day he'll be looking for a good home.

    What age did yours start crowing? Mine makes deep clucking sounds, almost like a hen, and that's it.
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    LOL I have an elderly friend that I keep updated with pics of my flock. She swears I'm raising turkeys!

    Thor's crow is not exceptionally loud. No louder than any other rooster. He takes fits. Some days he rarely crows and others he crows alot. He's turned into a watch roo. If someone drives up to the house he starts crowing.
    He started crowing at 15 weeks. My other brahma roo (whom I've since rehomed) started crowing at 10 weeks.
    Sadly, Thor is having trouble because of his large size. He's having difficulties mating. He's tries to put both feet on the hen's back and there's just not enough room. [​IMG]
     
  8. featherfooted

    featherfooted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a picture of my dark brahma rooster, Edgar, at 5 months.
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    And here's his Dad, Rocky, at 8 months last April.
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    They get pretty big. My off color brahma roo wieghted about 15 lbs. Here's his picture at 6 months.
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  9. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, Gosh! I'm just glad I have a bantam hen! [​IMG]
     
  10. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Wow! They are so handsome and big. I love Brahmas!

    I wonder why Big Sir (my Brahma) isn't crowing yet. Hmm. Compared to everyone's pictures, it looks like he has a lot more wattle length to grow still. I'm sure it's just wishful thinking, but I'm still crossing my fingers that at least one of my three roos end up being ones that only crow a few times a day. (I have an EE, a Polish, and the Brahma.) My Polish has crowed 3x in a row, one day, and it sounded so funny. It wasn't very loud. I'm not sure if it was a practice crow or if that's how he'll really sound. These are the first roosters I've worked up the courage to keep.

    I also thought about mating--I hope Big Sir doesn't try to do the deed with my tiny Crevecoeur. She's like 1/8th his size. Hopefully the Brahma lady and my BO's will be big enough for him.
     
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