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!
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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?
- 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.
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