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Light Brahma Crosses

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Where size and hardiness are required the light Brahma is unexcelled. It has many advantages over sonie breeds, aud there are drawbacks connected with the breed which often debar it from soine yards. It is safe to say, however, that Brahma chicks are more easily raised than any other, and if they are fed with judginent it is not often that the hens are excelled for laying. The Brahma has a small peacomb, which is a partial protection against frost in winter, and it is also aided by heavy feathering. As a bird adapted to confinement it is excellent, for it cannot fly over a fence three feet high and is contented in disposition. lts f aults, according lo Farm and Fireside, authority for the foregoing, are leg feathering, lack of breast meat, elumsy movements when oaiTying chickens and aptitude to fatten. lts propensity to easily fatten is a desirable characteristic if hens are intended for niarket, but when Brahmas reach maturity they are liable to becoine too fat as layers unless carefully fed, and but little corn should be allowed theru for that reason. When crosses are made with the Leghorn male and Brahnia, hen the pullets so procured are excellent, being good foragers and layers, but the males from the cross are worthless except for the market. A cross of Indian game male with the Brahma hen produces fine table f owls. The pure bred Brahma males are excellent for improving common flocks, both in size and egg production.


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