Brahmas are great for a small flock because they are excellent dual-purpose chickens. They are also calm and gentle. They get along well with other chickens and with people. Brahmas have a pea comb and are a cold hardy breed.
It is believed that Brahmas originated in India but no one knows for sure. As with most very old breeds, its early history is unknown. We do know that while the ancestors of the modern Light Brahmas may have come from India, the breed as we know it today was developed in the United States.
Brahmas have long been prized for their size. In the 1850s, some Brahma roosters reached as much as 18 pounds in weight. That’s a lot of bird! The average size, then and now, was closer to 10 pounds but some males do get heavier. Due to their size, they are not good fliers, and they do quite well in confinement.
Light Brahmas are mainly white, but their hackles are black with white edging on each feather and their tails are also black. All Brahmas have feathered shanks and feet, making them better suited to drier areas.
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