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Written by Carole

This is the beginning of a series on different breeds of chickens. First highlighted breed is Light Brahma.

If you are in search of a breed that is friendly and beautiful, the Light Brahma chicken breed will fit the bill nicely.

Light Brahma Rooster
As you can see by the pictures above, this breed is beautiful! Pictured on the top is my cockerel, Jethro. The other picture is a hen that I found on Photobucket and is owned by Mikaela Rodriguez. They are a large size bird weighing about 9lbs. full grown. From what I have read they are slow to mature.

Here is a little of what I discovered about this breed:

  • Very gentle and can be easily handled
  • Lays medium brown eggs
  • Good brooder chicken
  • Feather footed
  • Has a variety of colorings: Light, Buff, and Dark
  • They come in standard size or bantam
  • Very hardy in heat and cold

My first rooster was a Light Brahma Rooster and he was the best. As stated above he was gentle and enjoyable to be around. In my experiences I have had with my latest addition, Jethro, he is also very friendly and will eat out of your hand.

I did note that due to the feathers on his feet he tends to lift his feet higher than the other chickens. I read somewhere it is best to keep this breed in a well-drained yard because if they run around in mud etc, they can develop mud balls on their toes. If this is not removed, the loss of nails or the tips of the toes may result. Being here in Florida it is sandy that I have not had that experience with either my past rooster or Jethro.

My future plans include acquiring a mate for Jethro so I can have lots of little Lt. Brahma’s running around.If you have any experiences you want to share with the readers about this breed, please comment. We love to hear from you!

Also if there are readers out there that want to submit photos to me to share your breed with the other readers, please email me and send me the photo detailing the breed and age. To send me an email, click here.

8/19–Additional note: I saw someone was searching for question about when the Lt. Brahma cockerel starts crowing–Jethro started crowing at four months old. It will vary from chicken to chicken but I would say anywhere from 3 to 5 months you will be hearing your young rooster crowing. Pullets will start laying at approximately 5 to 6 months.

2/10/09–Owner/breeder of the hen pictured is Mikaela Rodriguez of Rodriguez Poultry in Oklahoma. The company previously bred Light Brahmas but now raises Langshans.

Another article concerning the Brahma breed~~Raising Light Brahma Chickens

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33 Responses to “Chicken Breed Series #1–Light Brahma”

  1. I have three Brahma hens, now four months old. I got them at one month, and they’ve bonded intensely with me. All three run and jump into my lap when I sit down in their pen, and contentedly cuddle together with my arms around them for minutes on end. Never in a million years did I ever dream chickens could be so affectionate!

    The clay soil where I live, when wet, has amazing adhesive properties. I solved the problem by keeping a couple inches of pine wood chips on the ground in the chicken pen. I’ve not had any problem with feathered feet getting gummed up. The wood chips also act similar to cat litter, and the poop dries up quickly. I have it in their coop and it makes it easy to pluck out the droppings, keeping things sweet smelling in there.

    How old will my hens be before they start to produce eggs?

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    lucy Reply:

    I just bought two light brahman poulets for my backyard flock. I didn’t think about the mud factor. I live in what I affectionately call “Soggy Bottom”. We have rain and mud 6 to 9 months a year. I am concerned for my new girls’ feet. Can I trim some foot feathers to keep the mud balls at bay? Will trimmed feet make them vulnerable to infection? I can only spread so much mulch. These girls will be free range most of their days. I love their leg feathers because they look like they are wearing bell bottom pants. Please advise.

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  2. Carole, Glad you found Fowl Visions and took the time to comment. Normally a pullet will start laying anywhere from 5 1/2 to 6 months but this depends on the breed. My RIR started laying at six months while my SLW started laying at seven months. Be patient, it will happen in its own time.

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  3. i hatched out 6 light brahmas. i am dying to know which ones are male/female. what’s the fist indication for this breed? i know all of the other, standard characteristics. of the six,the only difference i can see is that there are two whose wing and tial feathers are not as long, or grown out as the others. i have a hard time seeing if they are the first to get up and check things out like little roos would or not. other than the feathers, i can’t tell any features that are different. they all are very friendly to me so far, i love them!!

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  4. Patrice, By now you have probably determined the sex of your chickens. There is another post on this blog concerning the sexing of chickens and it will probably be of more help to you. Be sure to read through the comments as one of the readers left a link to an informative website.

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  5. I have 5 Lt. Brahma hens, which I love. They are very sweet, and a pleasure to have around. I’d like to breed some nice specimens for my sons to show in 4-H. Mine have good coloring, but the feathering on their legs is a bit light. I’ll probaly get another batch of chicks from one of the larger hatcheries to fill out the flock, but does anyone know where I can get a few really good chicks for breeding?

    Thanks!

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  6. Cheryl Weisenberger
    February 10th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Hey, that hen pic looks exactly like a friend’s of mine. Did you get permission for that?

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  7. Cheryl, The hen picture came from Photobucket and pictures posted on that website are open to the public to use without limitations and as far as I know there is no way to contact the person who post the picture on Photobucket. A lot of the photos on this blog come from that service.

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  8. Carole, I love your chicken pictures and information. I have a small flock of light Brahmas, Silver Wyandotte and what I think is a Buff Orphington. I am passing your website on to a neighbor who is also raising chickens. Keep up the good work.

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  9. Deborah Mitchell
    May 19th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Carol,
    I am just starting into this adventure with chickens. A small black hen came and layed her eggs in an old dog house with hay in it. To my supprise she appeared with 14 chicks. But in the night the Hen was taken by something bigger than her, the chicks were all huddled in the dog house. I have them in this large avery, they are about two weeks old and doing great. Infact, they have gotten the tail feathers, its just to sweet. I love the pictures of the Light Braham, but where would I get the chicks? We have started a great coop and my husband is working hard to get it finished.

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  10. Deborah, Congrats on your new little flock! Before you know it they will be laying fresh eggs just for you. If you want to increase the variety of breeds you have, you can check out my previous post, A List of Hatcheries. Hatcheries are a great resource for baby chicks.

    I also frequent flea markets and craigslist and find lots of resources to purchase new chickens. Also check out the local chicken forums listed on the blog. Alot of times they will list a trade day that may be going on in your area. You will find a variety of offerings at these.

    Good luck with your flock!

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  11. hello i hope im doing this right . but i have 21 chickens of all breeds. and have been around them all my life . but i ordered some chicks and one is unlike any i have or anyone i know has ever seen . she is very beutiful and the one on this page is very simaler . i would love to find out what she is.

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  12. My chickens are 7 months old this month(November) and they still have not layed any eggs or crowed. Could it be the time of year or am I doing something wrong?

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    Carole Reply:

    Melissa, I personally believe it has to do with the time of the year being fall and less lighting than summertime. Also the Brahma breed is a slow grower and do not fully mature until two years of age. But at seven months old I would expect to hear some crowing very soon. I have an eight month old that crows frequently, morning and evening.

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  13. Brahma are great.

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  14. Please someone help me..I have 3 light brahma hens. They are all sweet hearts! They can jump up and take bread from your hand. We have always been proud to show them off to friends and family. As of the past 3 or more days one of the hens can hardly walk. Her tail is pointed down and is sleeping in a bottom nest. Some days she sqwats and kinda waddles along slowly. What is wrong with her?????????? Someone give me advise what I can do for her.

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    Jessica Frances Reply:

    She probably has an egg cracked inside of her. You would need to see a vet for this, as she will die if you dont have the vet get the egg out. Eggs break inside of Hens when they do not have enough calcium in their diet. This causes the shell to be thin and sometimes crack inside of the hen.

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  15. Jessica Frances
    July 6th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Hello!
    I would like to purchase some Brahma Hens, but i want to know if I should get them as chicks or buy them when they are older. I would like them for eggs. I also wondered when they started laying eggs.

    Thanks!

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  16. Brahma chicken is big and tall and beautiful, but I prefer my bantam chicken, :)

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  17. Me and my mom, are going to start raising brahmas and we need all the info that we can get before we get them so if you have any tips for me please tell me.
    thanks
    kayla

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  18. I started my first flock in May of 2010. 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Auracauna, 1 Barred Rock and 1 Brahma. They were a week old and I hand-raised them in a cage inside my house until they were almost 4 months old. I quickly became most enamored with my Brahma, she was far and away the friendliest, and most calm. As she got older, she was most content to roost on my arm, when the others just wanted to get down and forage. I fell so in love with all my chickens – which I didn’t think was possible – but with Larri the most (yes, Larri the hen – with an “i”, so it works!). My RIR first laid at 5 1/2 months and Larri laid the very next day, so nothing slow about her. She laid very consistently, smallish eggs that were always perfect.
    To our devastation, she was killed by a hawk just 2 weeks ago, not even 8 months old. She was the most beautiful, loving bird I could ever imagine. I was disillusioned that the horses, goats, dog and humans would keep the hawks at bay, that total free-ranging on our small acreage was possible. I’m so sad to have learned this at the expense of such a special bird.
    I will certainly add another Brahma to my flock as soon as I can. Terrific birds.

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  19. We have 3 light brahma’s, one of them happened to be a bit bigger then the other 2 when we bought them. Well now they are about a week old the 2 are just fine very normal the 3rd happens to be 4 times the size of the other 2 & shaped like a kids football it doesnt have and never had feathers on the feet like the other 2 and it appears that it has a more difficult time standing almost like it is to fat to hold itself up, it sits to drink and eat. Is this normal for a brahma?

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    Tony Reply:

    You might have gotten a cornish rock chick. They are a meat breed and grow very quickly.

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    JENNIFER Reply:

    We do have 3 of those and for whatever reason this bird just wont stop growing, its huge, should I post a picture

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  20. With time i will join the biz again,i once trained them but they all fell ill and died after 5months,i think is b/c i dn’t give them imminization.07032394003.

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  21. Julie Daugherty
    May 22nd, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I have one Brahma pullet. She is a lovely bird. I wish she wasn’t so docile because my New Hampshires pick on her. She spends a great deal of time hiding in the coop instead scrtaching around like the other chickens. However, she is soooo much friendlier than the NH that I think I will move them and keep her!

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  22. i love these hens

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  23. I am going to be getting some hens. I want a beautiful breed that lays a moderate amount of eggs.

    Thanks

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  24. I have the same rooster he is over 9 pounds now he runs like an ostrach he has attacked people including me !!! how do i stop him from doing this i let him run arond the yard since he was a baby he has become a real problem. i cant cage him he has run free for long t5ime what can i do to cure him he almost killed two hens already had to separate them! please help Cocktavias before i have to get rid of him!!Scott

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  25. Hello

    I just came across this site..we just took in 6 light brahma hens.. we were told they are 6 months but they are not laying..I do find them to be beautiful and they for the most part are very calm..I do not think these hens had the hand raising like many of you are talking about, they don’t walk towards me when I go in to feed them like my comets do(we raised them from chicks)the brahmas act like they are scared of me..so I am hoping by giving them treats(fruits and veggies) every day that they will warm up to me.. I do hope they start laying soon but we are heading into fall so I am not sure we will see eggs until spring.. Thanks for all the info on them..I enjoyed reading everyone’s posts..

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  26. Or is she brooding??

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