7 Reasons your Flock Needs a Giant Brahma April 5, 2017

By now you’ve probably seen the viral videos of that giant brahma rooster strolling out of his tiny little coop.  Millions of people have viewed the video of the “largest chicken in the world!” We know that because so many of you immediately came to us to ask about the breed,and to ask, “How big do Giant Brahmas get?” Some didn’t ask–some simply stated, “I want a giant Brahma chicken! Help me out!”

It’s amazing how a breed can go from relative obscurity to overnight global popularity!  Welcome to the age of the internet! And we’re happy to help!

But is it true?  Do “giant” chicken breeds exist?  Or is there some kind of camera trick going on here?  And even if the birds in those videos are larger than average, are they really the “biggest in the world”?  One source estimates there are as many as 19 BILLION chickens on planet earth, so how could you even know which one is the biggest?  Did they measure every chicken on earth?

Well, of course not.  But that said…

There ARE giant breeds. And the giant Brahma isn’t even the largest!

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Surprisingly, the giant brahma star of those popular videos is NOT the largest known chicken breed.  The largest recognized chicken breed is actually the Jersey Giant, which commonly grows to be a few pounds larger.

Brahma roosters generally get as large as 12+ lbs, and hens will be about 9.5 lbs. or more when fully mature and well fed. The breed is relative slow-growing, and can take up to 3 years to reach full size, so it will take some time for a rooster to get really GIANT!

So how about those giant roosters in the videos, are they bigger? It’s tought to tell from a vid alone, but those guys look like they may weigh as much as 20 lbs! Most Brahmas purchased in the United States will be closer to the “normal” Brahma size (which may still dwarf the other breeds in your flock). But a larger size and weight is possible if you choose to breed and rear for those traits. 

So, should you consider Brahmas for your flock? Absolutely! Here are seven great reasons to add a giant Brahma to your backyard flock!

7 Reasons your Flock Needs “Giant” Brahma

  1. Brahmas are big!  Not normally as big as the roosters in those videos, but they will grow to be very large compared to most standard-sized breeds, and could become quite a conversation piece in your flock.
  2. Brahmas are friendly!  Brahmas are known to be generally friendly, docile, “huggable,” and quiet and tame. They’re kind of the Great Danes of the chicken world!  Plus, they tolerate confinement well, so you don’t have to worry about flighty Brahmas.

    not-so- giant Brahma chicken---this is a bantam!

    My Buff Brahma Bantam loves to get on my shoulder!

  3. Brahmas are beautiful!  From their cool black hackle “necklace,” to their graciously feathered feet, Brahmas look fun and fancy, and they come in more than just white.  The Buff, White, and Black varieties are recognized by the American Poultry Society.  You can see the colors My Pet Chicken offers here.
  4. Brahmas make breakfast!  They are can be expected to lay 3 medium-sized brown eggs per week, or about 150 eggs per year. You can’t get THAT from a Great Dane!
  5. Brahmas make good mamas!  With a tendency toward broodiness, Brahmas have the reputation to be good setters, which will come in handy when you try to breed your own giant Brahmas!
  6. Brahmas are hardy!  Cold?  No problem.  Heat?  Yes, they can handle heat as well!  Just bear in mind with any breed, if it gets really hot for a long period of time, you may need to intervene a little to make them more comfortable.  Here are some tips from our Chicken Help section to know how to do that: What should I do if my chickens get too hot?
  7. Brahmas can be tiny, too!  While standard Brahmas are among the largest chickens, Brahma bantams are a wonderful, tiny option to consider for those who love the Brahma but aren’t ready for the size.  You can see our Buff Brahma Bantams here: My Pet Chicken: Buff Brahma Bantams.
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Have I stepped on anyone?

Want to learn more about Brahmas and other great chicken breeds?  Check them out in our My Pet Chicken: Breeds List

Ready to order a Brahma for your flock?  You can see our current availability of the Brahma here: My Pet Chicken: Brahma Breeds

 

14 Comments
Pattie Ryan April 5th, 2017

I had ordered 3 Brahma chicks before all the hype about the big guy came out. They are 3 weeks old and already huge!!!!!

Yolande April 5th, 2017

Love this breed ( and yes only came to know about it via good old youtube)

Does any one know a breeder in new zealand? Unfortunately the jersey giants that I had my heart set on are not available in nz!

Tim Sexton April 7th, 2017

Hi Yolande! Unfortunately, since My Pet Chicken is based in the United States, we’re not familiar with reputable breeders in your area. Your best bet will probably be to do an internet search to see if there is a hatchery near you that is breeding Brahmas. We’re hoping that you find them!

Joy B April 10th, 2017

I have one bantam brahma, along with three other breeds. The Brahma and frizzled cochin and the most docile, sweetest birds.

Jeanne May 9th, 2017

One big secret for any farmer who want rear chicken is to get a good breed.Brahma chicken is great.They grow very faster and you get maximum returns.

Linda Allred June 21st, 2017

I am waiting for my

I am waiting for my Brahmas to be delivered. Cant wait to see them!!!!!!

Krista Jones October 31st, 2017

I have a light Brahma rooster and 2 hens. They are gorgeous! Almost 5 months old. Love the white and black coloring. Wish I could post a photo.

Tim Sexton October 31st, 2017

Hi Krista! You’re welcome to send a picture of your birds to info@mypetchicken.com. We’d love to see them!

Lisa December 1st, 2017

Hi – I was wondering if anyone knows if a Brahma rooster would breed with Plymouth Rock girls? My girls range from 1 to 2.5 years old and I am looking at buying a young Brahma rooster that is 5 months old. Thanks

Tim Sexton December 1st, 2017

Hi Lisa,

Yes – almost any breed of rooster will attempt to breed with any breed of hen. Some roosters may even try to mate with ducks or geese! Of course, we can’t guarantee that he’ll be able to successfully mate with your Plymouth Rock hens, but my guess is, as long as the hens stand for it, he’ll likely be able to do it. Of course, the offspring will not be pure-bred Brahma or Plymouth Rock, but will be hybrids of the two breeds.

Wishing you the best!

Nikki January 24th, 2018

Hi I am wanting to buy some giant brahmas prefer hens and a roaster , light colors. would consider the golden color also. any one have some for sale email me// Thxs Nikki Brown

Tim Sexton January 25th, 2018

Hi Nikki!

At the time I’m writing this, My Pet Chicken is showing availability for several different varieties of our Brahmas here:
My Pet Chicken: Brahma Varieties

Currently, I’m seeing that we have Buff Brahmas, Light Brahmas, and Dark Brahmas available. (Just to let you know: we also have some Bantam Brahma breeds available, in case you’d like some “tiny” Brahmas in addition to the “giants”). Availability can change at any time as orders are placed or modified, so you may want to place an order as quickly as possible to get the best availability.

I hope that helps! Feel free to contact My Pet Chicken any time if you have questions. We can be reached by chat on our website at http://www.mypetchicken.com, by email at info@mypetchicken.com, or by calling us at 888-460-1529.

Ed Clay April 10th, 2018

I would like to order some brahmas from you this summer could you email me and I send you my address if y’all got a order magazine to order from thank you Ed

Tim Sexton April 11th, 2018

Hi Ed!
Unfortunately, at this time we do not have a print catalog, but you can see our Brahma availability and pricing by clicking on this link: My Pet Chicken: Brahmas

Just click on the Brahma variety you’re interested in to go to their availability and ordering page. There is an availability calendar on those pages. Roll your mouse over the dates on the calendar to see exactly how many of that breed are available. You can use our website to place your order or give us a call at 908-795-1007 and one of our phone representatives will be glad to help!

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