Pros: Great forager, docile roo, hens lay consistently, good growth

Cons: Take a long time to grow to full size and begin laying

I received our chicks from Garfield Farm Museum, LaFox, IL.


Every spring, the museum has a Rare Breed Show and Sale where all sorts of rare breeds are shown, some bring rabbits, goats, ducks, chickens to sell - others are there to show a rare breed, cows, horses, sheep - there is something there for everyone!  This is a great family event with the museum showcasing several activities for families to participate in. 


I specifically chose this breed to purchase and to establish a breeding flock.  Our black Java's are thriving - despite the winter weather, I'm averaging 16 eggs a week from 5 hens.  Our rooster, "Roaster" is noisy - protective of his girls, his turf - from everything from the barnyard squirrels to the wind!  Their run overlooks the driveway, so we say we have an 'alarm rooster', as he crows his head off when someone comes down the drive!


These are LARGE birds.  Took a long time to grow to full size (well over 24wks).  They started laying about 27weeks.  I'm not sure exactly when the rooster got to be full size - I'd like to say it was AFTER the hens started laying.


But they've not stopped laying!  No supplemental light.  Hardy.  Fully feathered to protect against wind and cold.  Heat did not stop them in the summertime.  Being black feathered, I was concerned about heatstroke - they did great!  Also, being black feathered, they are able to hide from our local hawk population better than the white Java.   




Pros: sweet,friendly,calm,pretty good layers, mottled variety is very unique

Cons: don't have any yet!

Java are one of my favorite breeds of chickens according to egg-laying and temperament.


Pros: Productive, Eggs, Meat, Active Forager

Cons: Hard to Find

Java's are incredible and unmatched in production and flavor.  They don't hang out at the feeder, they are very active foragers in a majestic sort of way.  They provide year round, nice size brown eggs and a well fleshed carcass that is very flavorful.  Some are great broodies too.  Look NO further!


Pros: fantastic foragers, intelligent, beautiful

Cons: lots of breeding needed to better this breed

I have mottled javas which are a bit more popular than the blacks, but I love love LOVE them. They find almost all the food for themselves, learn very easily (get into trouble a lot :)), and I think their beautiful black beetle green sheen is gorgeous in the light, especially with the white tips. They are plenty meaty, and are dependable layers as well.

I think they are the perfect homestead chickens!


Pros: easy to care for, roos are protective, docile, consistent layers year around

Cons: hard to find good stock

I've had Black Javas for 4 years and they have been a great project for the whole family.  They are ok egg layers, but not great for meat (about 3.5 lb at 20 weeks) but that is just fine with me.  with careful breading I am finally getting good results SOP with very few Pinched tails this


Pros: Active, hardy, good layer, good sized, not aggressive to people so far

Cons: Medium egg size, good examples hard to find

I've had Black Javas for about 14 months. I like their activeness. They are angular and larger sized, giving a very athletic appearance. The cockerels have not been aggressive towards me at eight to ten months old. Both sexes shy away from contact. They are from two different lines. I think they are beautiful, but most people are not so fond of black birds. (One hen even has dark comb and wattles.) When visitors see them they don't have much wow factor.My first pullet laid at four months and two weeks, with others following shortly. They are hardy, love to hustle their own food, and seem to fit the character of heritage fowl. The cockerels are about average with regard to crowing. The hens are fairly quiet.


Pros: looks beautiful

Cons: none

These birds are so sweet and the mottled is very striking  slow to mature but gets along with the other birds


Pros: Lay almost all year long, great producer

Cons: Chicken math ;)

Javas are nice hardy large fowl that produce eggs almost the entire year.  I think  that there may have been a couple of weeks in the winter that they didn't lay, as compared to some of my other breeds that stopped laying for a couple of months through the winter.  As with most birds, they are more tame if handled more.  I like the variety of colors in the breed, though I prefer to keep them separated.  Unfortunately, I can't let them free range, but we have them pastured, with movable pens; they will be integrated into our attempt at a semi-permaculture rotational gardening system.


Pros: Big eggs, gentle hens & cock birds are very protective but people friendly

Cons: none that I have ever seen

These are absolutely gorgeous birds, true to their heritage and healthy where I have found other "new" breeds not as healthy.

The Java is an outstanding layer in all weather, and are beautiful shimmering beetle/green/purple black birds.

They are thoughtful, and intelligent, and love free range above housed feed.

Give them free range and they are very happy.

Coop locked up for a 6 day blizzard and they are also fine, not resorting to feather picking or other negative issues.

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Pros: Goog Layers, very nice looking

Cons: none

Loved these mustard footed birds. I was working on Auburn birds....very ice looking birds. Striking!

Loved them.


The Java is a critically endangered American breed. The breed comes from unknown Asian origins and is a great home flock bird. They are large hardy birds that are good foragers and well suited for both egg and meat production. Next to the Dominique, this is the second oldest breed in America. They are a heavy breed with small earlobes. They have medium sized single combs and waddles of red. The Java is the foundation breed of many other breeds. The Plymouth Rock and Jersey Giant get their creation from the Java. The Java has yellow skin and lays brown eggs. The Black Java has very dark eyes or dark brown to black whereas the Mottled Java has extremely intense eyes. With its dual purpose, great foraging, great laying, friendly and docile temperament, the Java is perfect for the small backyard flock.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Calm,Quiet,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesThe Java can be found in black, white and mottled. Pictures courtesy of Chickndaddy.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium

Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Brown

Breed Temperament:


Breed Colors / Varieties:

The Java can be found in black, white and mottled. Pictures courtesy of Chickndaddy.

Breed Details:

Black Javas has black legs with yellow soles of the feet whereas the White Java has yellow legs. It is interesting to note that the Java's single comb is a symbol of the purity of its bloodline. The comb should not have a point to far forward on the comb, it should be located above the eye. This point placement also indicates that the single combed bird came from a pea-comb origin. The are noted to have a rectangular shape like the Rhode Island Red with a very long broad back that slopes and deep breast. Hens can weigh 6 1/2 lbs - 7 1/2 lbs and the roosters can weigh over 9 lbs. **Pictures Pending**