Brahma Breed Description

Brahmas arrived in the UK around 1840-1850. The name Brahma is from the river Brahmaputra in India although the species was created in America from large feather legged birds known as Shanghais. Shanghais were originally imported from China in the 1840s. These were crossed with Grey Chittagongs from India which consequently produced the pea comb and beetle brow that we see in all Brahma today. They are calm birds that have broad, deep bodies, full breast and long powerful feathered legs. The feet are covered with abundant soft feathers which produces lovely big floppy looking feet.  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.

They are one of the largest breeds of chicken and are often called ‘The King Of Chicken Breeds’.  In common with all male chickens, the Brahma cockerel is a stunning bird. A Brahma comes in large fowl (very) and bantam sized birds. They are distinguished from the Cochin which is a similar sized bird by its pea comb.

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 chickens are gentle giants. They do mix well with other sizes of chickens however they can be bullied in more aggressive flocks. As a result they are easily tamed and they become an absolute delight. A Brahma lays quite well but they can get broody. As broodies they do make excellent sitters and mother hens.

Breed Size

This is classed as a large fowl heavy. Soft feathered.


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.