Brahmas arrived in the UK around 1840-1850 from Brahmaputra river area in India where they were known as ‘Gray Chittagongs”. They are very large, stately, docile birds with feathered legs that make good reliable broodies and can cover a large number of eggs during incubation due to their size. They are slow in maturing, taking up to two years to fully grow and prefer dry conditions because of their foot feathering. They are a very tolerant species, even the cockerels can live quite happily together and are very quiet by comparison to other birds. They can be trained and handled by almost anyone and are hardy birds. We have a Brahma cockerel called Big Bird on the farm.
A cockerel announces to a flock of chickens that he has found food with a ‘took, took, took’ sound. Cockerels perform a dance called ‘tidbitting’ and make food calls and move their head up and down.