Brahma

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Chicken Maths = How many chickens?

Today I spent a good few hours rearranging all my pens to keep the age groups in one place. I have chickens all over the place so it was time to make it more organised.

Well after I caught them up, they ran off, so I caught them again. They didn’t like their new pen because it was obviously a scary place. So inconsiderate! Considering I spent ages digging in some lime to disinfect the area. It also rearranged my hair as I got it caught in the netting. Dragged through a hedge backwards is a recurring theme for me these days. They then made a bolt for the door every time I brought another 2 over. I don’t know about them, but I found it quite stressful. It certainly increased my step count for the day according to my fitness phone app so not all bad!!

When I finally finished I took a picture so I could see what I had and which colour mixes I had. This is not the only batch of chickens I have either so I might have to give myself a stern talking to.

These are now ready to go to their new homes. We have Brahma in Pyle, and Buff Columbian. We have some Orpingtons in Lavender and some Swedish Flower Hens Crossed with either Leghorn or Ancona.

That moment when you realise exactly how many chickens you have. Chicken maths – aka chicken addiction – is a real thing, especially here.

For the uninitiated, the term Chicken Maths relates to a Phenomenon (excuse) for why numbers of chickens get out of control. It starts off by getting a flock of 3, then because you cannot add a single chicken to an existing flock, you end up with 2 more. If you lose one and need to replace it, you end up with another 2 minimum. And so it goes.

 

Latest Stock

Latest Stock For Sale

This post is here to show you at a glance what we have going on and what is the latest chicken availability for sale.

  • Splash Cochin and Brahma
  • Blue Salmon Faverolles
  • Swedish Flower Cockerel
  • White Leghorn Cockerel
  • Salmon Faverolles Boy
  • Very young Brown Rock
  • Black Rock Hens
  • Cockerel Group
  • Sussex group
  • Hatching Eggs
  • Chicks and Hen

Breeds available as at 5th March 2021

We had a busy year in 2020 as it seems COVID 19 has encouraged people to begin to keep chickens in the garden. 2021 is beginning to show a similar pattern so we are hatching as fast as nature will allow whilst still being mindful that we need to give them the best care possible.

This year we are hoping to have new breeds around. We have obtained some rather lovely Ixworth chickens as our breeding stock so once they start to produce eggs in sufficient numbers we will be offering those for sale in due course.

We are not offering hatching eggs just yet as the shorter days means that the egg laying hormones are not in full swing. Egg supply for our incubators is a little on the low numbers side. Some breeders keep the lights on to fool the hormone system into a continued laying pattern but we allow our garden girls to roll with nature and have a well earned rest, so please bear with us.

We are still running a waiting list if you want to be told when we have hens available. Please register on our contact form to go on the waiting list to be notified as soon as the available to be released for sale. See (proposed) stock list below

Breeds Available On Our Stock List

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Breaking News!!!!

Exciting development. We have been unable to run our face to face chicken keeping courses due to the restrictions of COVID 19 so we have been busy setting up an online version. It has been a tough steep learning curve with the technicalities on the IT side of things but we have gone live with it as of 1st December 2020. See our Chicken Keeping Courses Page for details.

We are hoping that people will find the easy-to-follow bite size chunks an enjoyable experience. It is crammed with masses of information you should know about keeping chickens. It will take you on a deep dive into the fascinating world of this wonderful creature. We guarantee that you will learn things that will make you think about chickens in a totally new light.

It will help you make good equipment choices, avoid illnesses, and be able to spot them before they get out of hand.

Getting the right coop for example will make the cleaning out of your chickens a 10 minute job rather than a real thankless task. We help you get it right, first time. This will save you money and time and who doesn’t need some of that? Chickens are enjoyable but making poor choices takes the shine off it very quickly.

We cover things like the law, regulations, and welfare. Feeding and watering and ways to make it more efficient. Pest and predator control are covered, as is security and behaviour. We have quizzes as you go along to test your accumulating knowledge. Each lesson is easy to pick up and leave off where you like with no time pressure.

Brian the Brahma

Brahma

Brahma Breed Description

Brahmas arrived in the UK around 1840-1850 but their name is derived from the river Brahmaputra in India. The breed was created in America in the 1840s from large feather legged birds called Shanghais which were originally imported from China. The beetle brow and pea comb that we see in all Brahma today came from crossing the Shanghais with Grey Chittagongs from India They are calm birds that have broad, deep bodies, full breast and long powerful feathered legs. Abundant soft feathers cover their feet which makes them look rather large. They have a small head for such a large bird and the face is smooth and free from feathers. These birds have large, prominent eyes, short strong beak and a triple or pea comb and small wattles. The brow is broad which produces heavy or beetle eyebrows.

Due to being the largest breeds of chicken they are often referred to as the King of Chickens. As with all male chickens, the Brahma cockerel is a stunning bird. A Brahma comes in large fowl (very) and bantam sized birds. Brahma are similar to Cochin except they have a pea comb and having a more upward curve to the tail.

They are not suitable for very muddy situations due to their feathered feet. As they have such huge amounts of feather they can also get quite soggy in the rain.

We have Brahma hens for sale in Buff, Blue Buff Columbian, Gold Partridge, and Isabella.

Brahma Breed Temperament

These gentle giants are very easy to tame. Brahmas do mix well with other sizes of chickens but in more aggressive flocks they can be subject to bullying. A Brahma lays quite well but they can get broody at times. As broodies, they do make excellent sitters as they can cover rather a lot of eggs. They make excellent mother hens.

Breed Size

Brahma are classed as a large fowl – heavy. Soft feathered.

Eggs

The Brahma lays quite well, however, not the best layers at all. Her eggs which are a pale biscuit colour are surprisingly small considering it is such a large bird. They will come into lay at roundabout the 35 week mark. If they hit that mark in winter they will probably not start to lay in the spring when the days start to lengthen.

Further information

More info on our birds for sale can be found here. If you are looking to join us on one of our courses please check out our courses page

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