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Chicken Breeds in Detail: Brahma


With so many chicken breeds it’s really worth presenting a couple of them in detail.

Today we want to introduce you to a breed of giant chickens: the Brahma. In connection with these great chickens you may often hear such words as “a worthy and challenging attitude”, “a calm demeanor” and “a bold look”. Let’s look more scrupulously at the chickens with these promising descriptions.

Have fun while reading.


The breed comes from North America. The Brahma is probably a hybrid of Cochin, Malay and Chittagong hens. The first chicks were transported from America to England in 1872 as a gift to Queen Victoria. Due to its popularity and probably also thanks to a German statesman, the Brahma very quickly found its way to Germany and settled in beautiful Nuremberg.

These “gentle giants” came “out of fashion” only for a short period of time during the world wars. Large chickens eat much more than small ones; and it was difficult to find much feed during the war.

The war could not have been beneficial for this breed. The Brahma with its balanced character is sensitive to strong excitement. Too much stress can lead to sudden death from heart attack.

Colors, Plumage and Body Shape

The Brahma has a large, broad, deep and horizontally stretched hull. The physique is generally described with a powerful and broad balanced form, as well as a full and rounded breast.

The head of the Brahma is rather small and broad, well settled in relation to the body with a protruding crown above the eyes and the neck. The comb is described as a three-row pea comb without spikes, and the beak as a short and strong organ.

The Brahmas (by coincidence, Brahma is also known as a Hindu deity) can be not only dwarfs, but they have a sumptuous and downy plumage in a variety of coat colors.

The following color varieties are recognized:
  • White-black columbia
  • Yellow-black columbia
  • Yellow-blue columbia
  • Silver-banded
  • Partridge-banded
  • Blue partridge-banded
  • Blue silver-banded with orange back
  • Blue
  • Black

The legs of these giants are heavily feathered.

Other Facts:

Weight: Rooster 3.5-5kg, hen 3-3.5kg
Laying performance: up to 140 eggs /year
Eggs weight: Approx. 53g
Eggshell color: yellow-brown, yellow-red
Ring size Rooster 27, hen 24

As always, at the end of our small post, we offer books and links from breeders, associations or sources. As an extra treat, there are also two great YouTube videos.

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Looking for more information about Brahmas?

We found lots of helpful information about Brahmas in "The Brahma Fowl (Chicken Breeds) (Volume 2)" This reprint of an excellent classic reference work contains all the information a person needs to master the basics of raising the legendary Brahma chicken breed.

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Learn about Brahmas and other Asiatic breeds...

Another reprint of a classic, "The China Fowl: Cochin, Shanghae and Brahma Chickens: Chicken Breeds Book 4 (Volume 4)" is another great resource. Learn about breeding and raising beautiful Brahma chickens as well as a few other unique breeds.

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A short video about Brahmas. The size of the animals is not an advantage here. It would be better to look at them at a poultry exhibition or at some breeder’s run. Very impressive.

A very nice recording of hatching chicks. The process may inspire you anyway.

Links and sources:


  1. wrote on February 28th, 2015 at 1:56 pm


    I would like to buy Brahma fertile eggs.
    Do you have them to sell?
    Best regards,
    Valentina Costa

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