Technically - they are in quarantine in my studio.
However - in a few weeks, they will be moving out to the barn.
These babies are my latest Avian aquisitions.
For those not in the know - they are LIGHT
And if you've never had the chance to get up close and personal with one - they are BIG birds.
This trio that I picked up today - were born in
May of 2009. They are huge! They make my standard size cochins look like bantams. The two hens weighed in around 5 pounds each, and the cockerel was around 9 pounds. Remember - they are only 5 months old - they don't fully mature until they are around 2 years old. Right now - the cockerel stands almost 18 -20" tall - the hens are probably around 16" tall.
When I move them from quarantine to regular quarters, I will get some pictures of them with some of the other birds to compare the size.
So - why the light brahmas? Well - I'm slowly building up a flock of the different birds that I'm interested in raising. While researching the different types of chickens - I kept coming back over and over to these birds as one of the types I'd like to see wandering my barnyard.
I spent quite a bit of time searching for light brahmas, but because they are such a large bird - not a lot of people want to raise them. A few months ago, I posted an ad on Kijiji, and was contacted by - David Stuart- who just happens to specialize in Standard Light Brahmas - and surprise - he only lives about 30 miles away.
What a treat it was to go to his farm today and learn about these wonderful birds. He was very patient and informative on how to choose a good quality show bird, what to look for in the feathers and colouring and structure.
Then, after much deliberation, I came away with these 3 show quality birds. I haven't named them yet - but that will come.
I also have some other new birds in the coop - I will have to get pictures and post them in the next few weeks.
Until then - I'll leave you with this picture that I took last weekend out in our woods.
It looks like fall is here. I'm sure that winter isn't far behind.