Breeds of Livestock, Department of Animal Science
Poultry Breeds - Brahma Chickens
Standard Weights (Light): Cock-12 pounds; hen-9-1/2 pounds; cockerel-10 pounds; pullet-8 pounds.
Standard Weights (Dark and Buff): Cock-1 1 pounds; hen-8-1/2 pounds; cockerel-9 pounds; pullet-7 pounds.
Skin Color: Yellow.
Egg Shell Color: Brown.
Use: A very heavy fowl for the production of heavy roasters or capons. Fair egg layers.
Origin: The ancestry of the Brahma traces back to China although much of their development took place in the U.S. between 1850 and 1890.
Characteristics: Good Brahmas are beautiful, stately birds. Their large size and gentle nature combined with intricate color patterns makes them favorites for the country estate. The Brahma's appearance in the showroom never fails to command the admiration of one and all. These qualities have made them a favorite with showmen and fanciers. Brahmas do go broody and are fairly good mothers. Their small comb and wattles, together with profuse feathering and well feathered shanks and toes enable them to stand cold temperatures very well. The relatively slow rate of growth and long time required to reach maturity have caused Brahmas to be passed by as a commercial fowl.
Reference:Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison
American Brahma Club, Doris Robinson, Secretary, 1608 Zipperer Rd., Bradenton, FL 34202, (941) 748-8398, e-mail: email@example.com
Watt Publishing, 122 S. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris, IL 61054 USA