A very old breed from Asia, the Brahmas came to the United States in the mid-1800’s with sailors who had gone trading. They are massive, full-feathered birds with very striking black and white plumage, but like the Silkie are quiet, gentle, and very friendly birds. The heavy coat of feathers, including leggings on both feet, keeps them warm in cold climates, and they are good brown egg layers in all seasons. Their ancestor, the “Grey Shanghae” was a personal favorite of Queen Victoria, who was given nine by George Burnham, a poultry aficionado from Boston, Massachusetts.
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