Chickens have varying levels of noise.
Some chatter all day long, while others are relatively quiet.
What about Brahma chickens?
Brahma chickens are one of the quieter chicken breeds. Although they are large, they are not aggressive. These birds follow their owners around, softly clucking. They only make loud noises when they are startled. So, this makes them a perfect chicken for a neighborhood.
If you’re looking to keep chickens in an urban setting and want a bird who won’t disturb your neighbors, this prospective chicken is a great choice.
Read on to find out why.
What Are The Different Sounds Brahma Chickens Make?
It is usually more concerning when a Brahma makes a lot of noise than when it does not.
Yet, even though Brahmas are relatively quiet chickens, they make sounds.
There are some sounds you may want to be aware of before considering Brahma care.
The Egg Laying Song
Brahma chicken species, like most breeds of chicken, participate in the egg-laying song.
This is a noisy variation of normal clucking.
Hens make this sound while laying eggs and preparing for baby chicks.
Their eggs are a medium brown color.
Brahmas will often join other hens in mixed breed coops when they begin brooding.
This is a bit noisy if there are a lot of chickens laying at the same time.
If you want to keep the noise level down, consider separating some of your laying hens.
This will keep the noise level from getting out of control and prevent all your hens from laying at once.
However, Brahmas are usually late bloomers, starting brooding at 7-9 months old.
They can continue to brood throughout the winter months.
So, your Brahmas will lay even in the off-season for your other breeds.
This should help to reduce the noise.
Still, the egg-laying song is not obnoxious.
It is a good sign you have healthy birds beginning to lay.
Brahma roosters will crow several times a day.
However, this is a normal part of raising chickens and not a concern for urban areas.
Crowing is a way for your magnificent roosters to establish a pecking order.
The dominant, aggressive rooster crows first.
Then, the others follow suit.
Crowing is a natural instinct in roosters.
The circadian rhythm dictates the first crow of the morning.
Subsequent crows may be due to light stimulation or simply because your rooster feels like it.
Roosters sometimes make noises when gathering materials for nests or foraging.
These are normal, not loud.
In fact, Brahma roosters don’t crow as loudly as other roosters.
A dog barking makes about the same level of noise.
Brahma chickens are great pet birds.
They are loving with their owners and great with children and other pets.
All in all, an excellent option for a family.
This poultry will often follow around their breeders.
They will make gentle cooing sounds to their backyard chicken keepers.
These delicate noises are a sign of affection and trust.
Brahmas build routines with their owners, even allowing them to hold them.
They are smart and curious with an ability to learn tricks.
Their friendly clucking is a pleasant sound, as gentle as a whisper.
What Noises Should I Worry About With Brahmas?
Brahmas make the most noise when they are in danger.
Brahmas will make a racket when a fox, dog, snake, or other predator is in the coop.
If your chickens make a lot of noise, especially at night, your birds are in danger.
Make sure to check the coop and protect your chickens.
Since Brahmas are large, they cannot fly.
Their feathered feet and adorable pea comb don’t help them in the agility department.
They will fight but are easy to catch and can fall victim to the ground and aerial predators.
Hopefully, you won’t hear this noise too often.
If you do, you must act fast to reinforce your coop or get a predator away.
It’s part of Brahma care to protect them!
Due to their large size, Brahma roosters tend to look more intimidating than they are.
Brahma roosters are usually at the top of the pecking order in mixed-breed coops.
So, you may worry they will be picking loud fights.
However, they aren’t very aggressive.
Brahmas often get bullied by more aggressive, smaller birds.
If you have a mixed breed coop, keep your more aggressive breeds separate from the Brahmas.
Further Reading: Brahma chicken aggression and personality
If the Brahmas get picked on, this may cause some noisiness in the coop.
Brahmas are gentle giants.
They don’t fight back in these situations, so they often prey on more aggressive coop mates.
Ensure enough chicken feed and space per bird for all the bodies.
Are Brahma Hens Good For Urban Areas?
Brahmas are great for beginners with a docile personality.
They are calm birds and easy to care for.
Their main care requirements are a place to roam, food, and water.
However, they do require more space than smaller breeds.
They are about 10-12 pound birds, so they need larger coops than the average chickens.
There are among the largest chicken breed, after all!
The rule of thumb is about 6′ square feet per bird.
Brahmas do pretty well with confinement, but they do best if they have an area for foraging.
They don’t wander as far as other breeds of chickens.
A small area of the yard is usually sufficient for them.
They feed mostly on the insects in their foraging area, but supplemental feed is necessary.
You need to provide fresh water daily, as well.
Brahmas are a great choice of bird for meat.
Yet, they are good layers, as well.
They take longer than other breeds to start laying, but they have a long laying season.
These hens are great mothers, but their large size sometimes causes mishaps.
They can unintentionally crack their eggs or harm their young due to their large size.
Brahma hens also tend to adopt the eggs of other laying hens because they are such excellent brooders.
If you’re looking for chicks, this is a great breed!
Even if you get your new birds from hatcheries, they’re still worth it!
Brahmas are hardy and can withstand harsh winters and cold climates.
Heat, as with many giant chickens, may be a problem.
So, they will need ventilation and dry bedding for optimal health.
They also need clean coops to keep chicken diseases away.
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