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  1. Spotlight Breed Of The Week Buff Brahmas 
    Buff Brahmas Chickens
     
    Brahmas are one of the largest breeds of chickens. These birds are mellow gentle giants with fluffy feathered legs and feet. The Buff Brahma has a buff, or golden, colored body with black feathers on the tail and neck. The Brahma will stand around 30 inches tall. It has a long, deep and wide body. It stands tall giving it a narrow ‘V’ shape when viewed from the side. The roosters weigh in around 12lb and hens around 10lb. They lay a fair amount of light brown eggs and due to their gentle nature make good mothers. Brahmas are very cold-hardy and do well in confinement as well as free-range environments.  
     
    There has been considerable controversy over the origin of the majestic Brahma Breed. It is believed that the Brahma Breed was developed around 1840 in the United States from large birds imported from China and were referred to as the "Shanghai" birds. It also appears clearly that Chittagong fowls were used to a very small degree, which stamped head and comb characteristics onto this breed differentiating it from the Shanghai birds (now known as the Cochin).The Buff Brahma became a standard variety and were recognized by the American Standard of Perfection  1924.


    The Brahmas breed is still considered rare and is in high demand.  The American Livestock Conservancy currently has the Brahma breed status listed as recovering. We only hatch Brahmas February through May and they sell out quickly so place your order early before were sold out! Click here to order now!
     Buff Brahmas chickens
     

    Adult description: Massive bodies, Pea combs, fully feathered shanks and toes. Buff Brahmas are mainly buff in color with, black-edged feathers in the neck, wings, and tail. They have heavily feathered shanks and outer toes, a pea comb and a ‘beetle brow’ where the forehead slightly overhangs the eyes.
     
     Buff braham day old chicks

    Baby chick description: Pea combs, feathers on the legs and feet. Black backs and golden heads.
    The wings tips and chest are light yellow. Their beak, legs, and toes are yellow.

        


    Classification Type: Asiatic Class
    Temperament: Friendly, pet-like demeanor adaptable to confinement or free range
    Purpose: Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production
    Broodiness: Exceptionally  make good mothers
    Hardiness:  Cold hardy
    Maturing:  20-22 weeks                              Mating ratio: 8 females to 1 male
    Egg color:  Brown                                       Egg size:   Large
    Rate Of Lay: good                                       Eggs per year: 250-275

    Weight: Hen   9.5 lbs     Rooster:   12+ lbs       
                  Pullet  
    8 lbs      Cockerel   10 lbs

    Spacing:  Confined at all times at least 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird.
      
    Roost height:  
    2Ft -4FT
      
    Life Span: Of the Buff Brahmas, depends on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. A standard Buff Brahma will generally live for approximately 6-8 years but have been known to reach 10-12 years. However, egg production will decrease every year.
     
    Varieties:  
    DarkBlack, Buff, and White. More often the white variety is referred to as a Light Brahma chicken.
     
     
    Other facts:  
    Brahmas were first exported from the US to England in December 1852, when George Burnham sent nine "Gray Shanghaes" now known as Light Brahmas to Queen Victoria of England – making sure the gift was much publicized. Prices jumped from $12-15 per pair to $100-150.

    We hatch Buff Brahmas February thru May.