Brahma chicken

The Brahma chicken is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in the United States by crossing chickens that were imported from Shanghai, China and the Chittigong chicken from Bangladesh, although this origin has been the subject of debate. It was first introduced into England in 1852, where a dark color variety would be created and later shipped to the United States and accepted by the American Poultry Association in 1874. It was the most popular meat bird between the 1850s and the 1930s, during which time some individuals were said to reach a weight of up to eighteen pounds.

Today, the Brahma chicken still reaches large weights, with cocks weighing an average of twelve pounds and hens weighing an average of about ten pounds. It has an upright body positioning, feathers that extend down the leg to the toes, and a pea comb. In America, the Standard of Perfection permits three color varieties, which are light, buff, and dark. Hens are known to be good egg layers, even in the winter, laying large brown-colored eggs.

Image Caption: A dark Brahma hen. Credit: Art Bromage/Steven Walling/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)