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Brahma chickensrnare a large breed of chicken developed in the United States from very largernbirds imported from Shanghai. Brahma was the principal chicken used for meat inrnthe US from the 1850s until about 1930.

rnrnThere has beenrnconsiderable controversy over the origin of the Brahma. It appears to haverndeveloped in the United States from birds imported from Shanghai. Limitedrncross-breeding with Chittagong chickens from Bangladesh is likely what gave thernBrahma the distinctive characteristics of head shape and the pea comb thatrndistinguish them from the Cochin (another breed that derives from comonrnancestors).Brahmas were first exported to England in December 1852 when GeorgernBurnham sent nine "Gray Shanghaes" to Queen Victoria as a gift. DarkrnBrahmas are a variety that were developed by English breeders from this stock andrnlater re-exported to the United States. Both the light and the dark (pencilled)rnBrahma were included in the first British Poultry Standard, published by thernoriginal Poultry Club of Great Britain in 1865.Both the light and the dark werernincluded in the first Standard of Perfection of the American PoultryrnAssociation in 1874. Some birds were very large weighing about 18 lb for cocksrnand 13 lb for hens.

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