Lemon Brahma Chickens

 
The Lemon Chiffon Brahma chickens are my absolute favorite. I wanted this variety for years before I was able to get them.

The Lemon color is rare in the U.S. but is a popular variety overseas. Commonly referred to as “Lemon Pyle Brahma” or “Lemon Splash Brahma” the hens have a buttery, creamy, vanilla-like overcoat plumage with white cape, tail and bloomers. The roosters are where the lemon coloring comes in and they are gorgeous.

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Me and my sweet girl, Sophie. Photo courtesy of Cosmopolitan

I’m working on specific traits, including the vibrant yellow on the males and creamy color in the females. I’d also like to see much more width but breeding takes time and many years. Sometimes the Lemon Pyle variety has a more orange color, this is not what I want in my Lemon Chiffon Brahma flock. Please note, these are not the Palomino Brahma variety which are also rare and beautiful but more common in the U.S. than the Lemon Pyle Brahma.

Lemon Chiffon Brahma Chick

Lemon Chiffon Cockerel

The Lemon Chiffon Brahma are just as friendly and fabulous as the other color varieties of Brahma chickens. I haven’t found mine to be good foragers or layers but they are great lap birds and wonderful with kids. Even my roosters are big teddy bears.

My flock originates from Germany and, fortunately, do not have vulture hocks. I was lucky to get birds from two lines that have never produced  offspring with vulture hocks.

My lines take forever to feather out and grow. And compared to other breeds they like to be very clean.

I adore my sweet Lemon Chiffon roosters. My beautiful Henri passed away recently but I have three boys maturing nicely who I expect to be as loving as he was. Cavalli and Armani look similar to Henri, but at only seven months old they are already larger than he was at that age. Halston is also maturing nicely and hopefully will catch up in size to the other two, he’s not far off.

One of my cockerels, Cavalli.

One of my cockerels, Cavalli.

It takes about two years for Lemons to fully mature, especially males. The males grow in height before they widen and fill out – usually well after a year old. Mature roosters are very quiet compared to other breeds. Mine rarely crow. They don’t pick fights with other roosters but are large and heavy and will defend themselves. Mine have been phenomenal fathers. I can’t say enough about my boys!

The females have a totally different growth pattern than the males. Females also take longer than most breeds to fully mature but they tend to fill out faster and put on weight well before the gangly boys. I just love their feathered feet and bloomers. Their coloring makes them difficult to photograph, unfortunately but you can see the feathered feet on this young pullet below:

lemon pullet

I don’t have plans to sell hatching eggs or chicks. I have too much variation currently but eventually I’ll sell pullets, depending upon availability and once the flock is better established, maybe end of 2018 or 2019. They are truly terrible layers so these are far from an egg production  line you find in hatcheries. I do occasionally sell darker phase individuals or culls I don’t want to breed, for farm pickup only. There’s nothing wrong with them, they just don’t fit the characteristics I want in my breeding program.

I don’t know of other breeders of this variety in the US but if you’re a US breeder (or know of any) of this variety please contact me, I’d love to connect and compare notes!

To learn about the Brahma breed please visit the American Brahma Club.