The Brahma is classified as a Heavy Soft feather breed originally from Asia. The name comes
from the river Brahmaputra in India. The breed was developed in America from large feather legged birds imported from China
in the 1840s called Shanghais. These were crossed with Grey Chittagongs, a Malay typebird from India that gave the Brahma
its beetle brow and pea comb. In 1852 a consigment of Brahmas was sent to Queen Victoria. The poultry Clubs first book of
standards in 1865 included both Light and Pencilled (Dark) Brahmas.
For many years these were the only 2 standardised
colours of Brahmas but in recent times White, Gold, Buff Columbian and most recently the Blue Partridge have been added. These
colours are reflected in the bantams which are exact miniatures of the large fowl.
large males are 4.55-5.5-45 kg(10-12lb) and females 3.2-4.1 kg (7-9lb)
males 1080g maximum (2lb 6oz) females 910g maximum (2lb)
In all colours the following is standard. Beak
yellow or yellow and black.
Comb, face, earlobes and wattles bright red.
Legs and feet orange-yellow or yellow.
As well as the standard colours of brahma there are many other colours in
the UK and on the continent. These include Black, Blue, Splash, Blue Buff Columbian, Blue Columbian, Red Pyle and Lemon Pyle.
The full Brahma Standards are available in British Poultry Standards.
Although relatively few people exhibit
Brahmas there are a lot of people who keep them and the Brahma club currently has around 100 members. If you are
interested in the breed and would like to find out more or even join the club the contact details are Sue Black Club Secretary