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Buff Columbian Brahma

The Brahma - particularly the male - is a striking-looking bird which manages to be both sedate and active at the same time. He is broad, square, and deep, with a short back, profuse feathering, and large, strongly feathered legs. The small head and short beak seem to accentuate the impression of overall size. The eyes are large, but the triple comb is small. Long red earlobes flank a featherless face and lead to small bright wattles. Buff Columbian Brahma Cock

Because of their size, they take up a lot of space but they do not fly and can be let out to roam happily in the garden, they display a relaxed attitude but have a tendency to become overweight if confined. Hens don't start to lay until they are around six or seven months old and the eggs are as small as those of the larger miniature breeds. They continue laying throughout the winter unlike some pure breeds. The profuse feathering makes them very good at withstanding cold winter weather.

They make good reliable broodies and can cover a large number of eggs due to their size; however this size can occasionally mean broken eggs if the hen is not given enough space to manoeuvre herself onto the nest. The eggs are small and low in number but chicks hatch strongly and grow quickly.

Buff Brahma HensTheir feathering is beautiful and they are very elegant birds. They will happily stay behind 2-3 foot fencing and prefer dry conditions; because of their foot feathering they can develop mud balls (or faecal balls) on their toes. If this is not removed, the loss of nails or the tips of the toes may result. They are slow maturing and take two years to reach maturity.

The Brahma is a timid creature, which makes him susceptible to bullying by other cockerels if mixed. They are trusting birds who display a gentle nature and fine appearance, friendly and easy to tame although some can be haughty - but look beautiful while doing it.Brahma Cockerel

They are tolerant towards other breeds so can be kept together with other varieties without any problems and can even be submissive despite their large size. Even cocks will tolerate each other. They make very little noise and even the cockerels do not crow particularly loudly.

Slow to develop, Brahmas can take up to 2 years to become fully mature. This is our growing cockerel.