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Spotlight Breed Of The Week Dark Brahmas
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). In 1850 an American businessman sent Queen Victoria of England a much publicize gift of some of his light Brahma chickens. Soon after these birds were in much demand and his stock was the basis for the Dark Brahma variety which was developed in England and later shipped back to America. However, the Dark Brahma was not Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection until 1874.
Brahmas are one of the largest breeds of chickens. These birds are mellow gentle giants with fluffy feathered legs and feet. They have a warm, medium grey appearance with black hackles shading to silver and white at the head. 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.
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!
Adult description: Massive bodies, Pea combs, fully feathered shanks and toes. They have a silver penciled plumage pattern with the male’s plumage color very different from the female's plumage. The male head is a silvery white. The web of the hackle feathers is luxurious, greenish black with silvery white narrow lacing. The main tail feather is black with the sickles being a luxurious greenish black. The females head is a silvery gray each feather of the back-breast body, wing bows and thighs should have 3 or more penciling patterns. The body, breast, back and shanks and toe feathers are steel grey with distinct black penciling. The hackle is black slightly penciled with steel grey in laced with silvery white.
Baby chick description: Pea combs, Brown backs and heads with light gray wing tips, chest, and feathers on legs and toes. 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 Dark Brahmas, depends on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. A standard Dark 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: Black, 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. Burnham’s stock proved of quality and formed the basis for the Dark Brahma variety – which was developed in England and later shipped back to America.
We hatch Dark Brahmas February thru May.
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