Jersey Giant

Average User Rating:
4.2987/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    Cold
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black, White, Blue, Splash
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    American
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    The well named Jersey Giant chicken is the largest purebred breed of chicken. It was the result of a breeding program started around 1870 by John and Thomas Black in New Jersey, with the original objective of the breed being a replacement for the turkey. The resulting adult birds are massive in size with mature roosters weighing in at 13 lbs, hens 10 lbs, and capons capable of reaching 20 lbs.

    The Jersey Giant is known as a calm and docile breed with an even temperament. Adults are very poor flyers so are relatively easy to keep confined, they are fine foragers and are sometimes used as a slow growing meat bird on pasture. The hens are fair to good layers of large brown eggs and are known as very good winter layers. They will occasionally go broody. The roosters are said to have exceptionally good temperaments. They are single combed, clean legged, and recognized in three colors, black, white, and blue. The breeds used in the development of the Jersey Giant included Javas, Orpingtons, Langshans, and Brahmas.

    The breed was recognized by the APA in 1922 and is on The Livestock Conservancy's Watch list.

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    Jersey Giant chicks

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    Jersey Giant juvenile

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    Jersey Giant hen

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    Jersey Giant rooster

    For information about this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-jersey-giant.1007948/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: Cold

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Light Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Black, White, Blue, Splash
    Breed Details:
    This breed is a pleasure to have around the farm. They are gorgeous, quite large (roosters attain an average weight of 13 lbs.), the roosters have a very pretty crow, and they have very good egg production.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Mitchellwhitey
    5/5,
    "6 of them and one of them is a rooster"
    Pros - they lay everyday
    friendly bird
    Cons - they peck at eachothers vents and one has a partial prolapse
    Overall a great bird and great layer but they always peck at eachothers vents and I think you'd get that with any breed.
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    15
    Purchase Date:
    3/3/18
  2. WendyT8
    5/5,
    "GREAT BIRDS!"
    Pros - They are always calm, get along well with all the others in the coop, and are dependable, regular layers, even through the winter.
    I love my Jersey Giants! They are beautiful birds, calm and friendly, get along well with the others in the coop, and are regular layers even through the winter. I got them because I wanted to be able to get eggs for a while, and these are slow growers, therefore, lay for a longer period of time. So far, I haven't found any downsides!
    Purchase Price:
    2.50
    Purchase Date:
    April 12, 2018
  3. Acre4Me
    5/5,
    "Love my Giants!"
    Pros - Docile, good sized eggs, attractive
    Cons - Large - seem to eat more feed
    Nice, large, docile, attractive. We purchased 2 straight run BJG. Ended up with one male, one female. We like this breed a lot of the six breeds we purchased. Female is a reliable layer of large brown eggs. But, they are large and very fluffy. Would imagine they might not be a good choice for very hot climate. Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 11.27.04 AM.png Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 11.29.37 AM.png Screen Shot 2018-12-12 at 12.54.19 PM.png
    Purchase Price:
    $2.12 per chick/ straight run
    Purchase Date:
    Feb 28, 2018
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User Comments

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  1. roseytheriveter
    They are gorgeous birds. I love mine.
  2. TLCMidMichigan
    How are these as a meat chicken? I know it takes longer for full growth.
    Weight, food intake etc.?
  3. adgcountrygirl
    After 7 years of chicken keeping, I would say this is one of the hardiest breeds I've had the pleasure to keep! Texas heat and drought, they beat it. Crazy cold freezes in the winter. No problem. Easy to introduce to an established flock. They are not aggressive, but they aren't easily pushed around either! I'm so glad I have them! I hope to add more someday!
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  4. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    Huge brown eggs!!!
  5. moco27
    I have had hundreds of Jersey Giants for several years and have found the usual information about them false. First myth to clear up, they don't need a bigger nest box than normal chickens. I have had them lay in a 6 inch wall cavity so a 12 inch standard nest box would be spacious. They don't eat more than other chickens. I have had them in small groups for breeding and they eat at the same rate as every other breed I raise. About 15 breeds all together. I had a 22lbs rooster that was a beast. Very gentle but huge. I have a video of him and a normal sized buff orpington could almost walk under him. He was almost 30 inches tall. They are slow to grow and it seems that is the secret to large size, they don't stop growing like most breeds at about 6 months. My largest bird kept growing and reached his peak at about 18 months. Some of them stopped growing a little sooner. My average was about 16 lbs for the roosters. I didn't weigh the hens. They lay well in the winter without artificial light. I didn't notice any drop off in egg production in colder months. My hens during breeding laid on average 5.7 eggs per week or almost 300 eggs a year. That was more than they are supposed to lay. I have had some of my prized hens lay well for 3 years.
    1. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
      Greetings from Greece. I bought my first black giant pullet about 2 weeks before. She is so beautiful!
      Are they hardy and robust?
      Thomas Lamprogiorgos, Feb 10, 2018
  6. Farmer Connie
    WE have several.. they get big fast... gentle nature.. social skilled
  7. TheCochinMomma
    My last flock I had, we couldn't step outside without some form of protection because he was very mean. However, we got another JG rooster this new flock, although he's timid and does not approach, he doesn't show any aggressive traits
    1. TheCochinMomma
      Take this back he's terrible now
      TheCochinMomma, Oct 7, 2017
    2. ProbablyDusk
      If he is bad to the point that he is rushing to you every chance he gets, I recommend that when he attacks you, scoop him up and hold him against your side, clamped under your arm, no matter how much he squawks and flops. You can continue to do whatever really, just hold him until he’s calm, afterwards, set him down. If he squawks or kicks as you release him, pick him up again and repeat the cycle until he walks away peacefully when you set him down.
      ProbablyDusk, Nov 13, 2017
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  8. HortaChickenist
    HAVE R.I.R and THE JERSEYS ARE BY FAR SO MUCH SWEETER...THEY HAVE PERSONALITY!!!

    I have a mix of the RIR and Jersey Giants and the Giants are so much friendlier...easy to handle...come when I'm around the coop...let me treat them when they need treated...My first time with chickens...I'm sold on this breed...no contest...
      GoofyNewt and Henrik Petersson like this.
  9. chicknmania
    Actually, she was not done laying...she jrecently hatched a beautiful bright silver chick for us who looks exactly like her except for the coloring. Hopefully baby will have her personality, though it is a mix breed. Flossie has been an excellent momma, very attentive and patient with her baby.
  10. bluenosechicken
    My Jerseys are some of the best birds I have ever had only fault is they tend to waste alot of food but if I miss a feeding they quickly clean up their mess. I have a Big Blue Rooster and a Big Black one. The Black is the ladies man sleeps with 3 hens close to him. while the old Blue tends to sllep by himself in one of the nest boxes. Chicks are moving to the big brooder today once it stops raining

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