Light versus Dark Brahma's

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by horsechick, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. horsechick

    horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,
    What is the difference, if any, (besides color), between these two?

    Thank you for any insights,
    Angela
     
  2. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    We have the Buff Brahma from all our research before getting them I beleive their temperment is about the same.

    I would think like with any breed there are bad strains!

    We bought ours from Ideal they are very sweet! [​IMG]

    Dark Brahmas can be sexed write away!
     
  3. featherfooted

    featherfooted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Besides being able to tell the sexes early, standard Light Brahmas are alittle larger than the standard Dark or Buff Brahmas. They are all sweet tempered. I have both Light and Dark Standard Brahmas and hope to get some Buff Brahmas in the spring.
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    How do you tell their sex early? I've got a few LB eggs in my incubator due to hatch in the next couple of days. I've never had them before.
     
  5. featherfooted

    featherfooted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With Dark Brahmas the hen and the rooster are colored differently. The hen is laced and the Rooster is black with silver. With the Light Brahams both are colored the same and you have to wait on the comb to develop on the rooster or the rooster feathers. Here is a picture of my Dark Brahma hens who are a year old and a picture of my Dark brahma roo who is only 3 1/2 months old.

    Dark Brahma hens
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    Dark Brahma Roo(color has not fully developed)
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  6. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    Oklahoma!
    Featherfooted - Your birds are beautiful! I have a bantam dark pair, and a light hen. When are the dark roo's colors fully developed? I was worried that mine wasn't going to have good coloring, but the longer I have him the 'clearer' the coloring becomes. I have no idea how old these birds are, either, so I'm hoping knowing this information will help me determine the age.
     
  7. countryboy

    countryboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2007
    nice birds now i'm getting some thanks.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2007
  8. featherfooted

    featherfooted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Countryroad, standard Brahmas mature very slowly and are not fully mature until about 18 months old.

    I know where Chickasha, OK is. My DH was stationed in Altus where my DD was born.
     
  9. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    Oklahoma!
    Feather - That's really cool! Most people have NEVER heard of it, much less can pronounce it. My Brahmas are bantams. I never thought about standards developing slower. How big are your standards?

    Countryboy - I will have bantam Dark Brahmas in the spring! I will sell eggs/chicks/etc.
     
  10. featherfooted

    featherfooted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The dark hens, who are a year old, are about 14" at the back. The dark roo at about 3 1/2 months is about 13" at the back. My lights are all about 3 months are about 12" at the back for the hens and the roos are about 14" at the back. The light roos are going to be big birds. One of the fathers of the light roos weights 15 pounds. All came from eggs that I brought and hatched. I hope to raise some next summer. I would like to find some more Dark Brahma eggs to hatch, but they are hard to find.
     

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