Brahma chickens, along with Cochin chickens were the reason behind the national obsession for poultry that hit both USA and UK around 1850. Brahma chicken is commonly referred to as the “King of all Poultry”. The origin of this breed is debatable. It has been said that it was developed in the United States from very large birds imported from the Chinese port of Shanghai. It has also been said that that limited cross-breeding with Chittigong chickens from Bangladesh gave the Brahma the distinctive characteristics of head shape and the pea comb that distinguish it from the Cochin.
The PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Chicken Feeder helps in providing fresh feed at all times. This feeder is waterproof and feed can be left outdoors. Millet and mash can be fed via the PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Chicken Feeder using the ¼ inch regulator disc. If pellet or wheat constitutes the diet, either the ½ inch or the 5/8 inch regulator disc can be used.
Brahmas are large chickens with weights about 18lbs for cocks and 13lbs for hens. They have feathered legs and feet and fluffy feathering, pea comb, smooth fitting plumage. They have broad, wide heads with skull projecting over the eyes called “beetle brow.” The Light, the Dark, and the Buff are the three color varieties. Both the Light and the Dark Brahma were accepted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1874. The Buff was added later on. There is also the bantam version of this breed.
Brahma chickens are most suited for northern climates. Its pea comb and tight feathering with down through all sections make it winter hardy. Their personalities are calm and docile. They are slow to mature and make good mothers. They are good winter layer of large brown eggs, with eggs weighing about 55 to 60 grams. From the 1850’s until about 1930, the Brahma was the primary meat breed in the US.