Jersey Giant

Average User Rating:
4.26761/5,
  • 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
    The Jersey Giant is the largest chicken variety (roosters average 13 lbs., hens average 11 lbs.). This breed was originally called the Jersey Black Giant, being named after its developers, the Black Brothers, in the 1870s in New Jersey. The breeds used in development of the Jersey Giant were Black Javas, Black Langshans, and Dark Brahmas. These birds are rugged, and are slow growers, putting on their frames the first year and then filling out in the second. Because they are a slow-growing variety, they have lost some of their popularity. This breed is known to be very friendly and get on well with other varieties of birds and pets. Australorps are often confused with Jersey Giants, and you can tell the difference by their legs. Jersey GiantsÂ’ legs are black, the bottoms of their feet being yellow. AustralorpsÂ’ legs are black, the bottoms being pinkish-white.
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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. A1Blues
    5/5,
    "My breed of choice since 1977: Blue, Black, Splash"
    Pros - Dual purpose breed: meat/ brown eggs, Color varieties; blue, black, white, splash colors, Gentle, good mothers, hens : 10 lbs- cocks up to 23 lbs., great 4-H projects, tolerant to heat/cold temperatures w/ proper housing, lay at 5-6 months
    Cons - Due to size they like to eat, Roasting breed verses fryers, hatcheries do not have the splash/ blue colors, but do have blacks and whites, slower to mature, possible leg problems if exceeding 18% protein levels,
    WE HAVE RAISED QUALITY BLACK, SPLASH, AND NICELY LACED BLUES SINCE 1977- Hatching eggs, Baby chicks, Started birds, Adults, Shipping available! Web at www.mariasjerseygiants.com 11059642_951206798258005_6562562252761810152_n.jpg IMG_1576BlackRoo.jpg FullSizeRender.jpg 11053510_969761356402549_8235564553907556851_n.jpg BigBlueRoo.jpg BlackCockerel1-5-15hatch.jpg 1012535_715123258533028_326350428_n.jpg the_jersey_giant-152.jpg 11059642_951206798258005_6562562252761810152_n.jpg 20140330_211624.jpg FB_IMG_1435276452133.jpg
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    0
    Purchase Date:
    0
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  2. Mace Gill
    5/5,
    "Pleasantly surprised"
    Pros - Beautiful birds, surprisingly good layers
    Cons - Go through more feed
    We had gotten a pair of Jersey Giant pullets to add to our little flock of Austalorps, after a little political adjustments, they fit right in.

    We weren't raising them for meat, just adding to the flock. Oddly enough, they lay very well! Their eggs are smaller, but just as tasty!

    They are every bit as beautiful as our Australorps. Not so noticeably larger, but perhaps they are 'fuller' in appearance?
  3. MillersFarm
    5/5,
    "Love em'!"
    Pros - Great layers, Very friendly, quiet!
    Cons - Slow at growth
    I have 6 Jersey giants at home right now, 1 rooster and 6 hens. All the hen are so sweet and love to be petted. We also have a Jersey giant that had went broody and hatched two chicks so far, still waiting for 15 more to hatch. But shes so sweet and loving. She wont leave her nest at all unless her two chicks need to eat or drink, A great mother she is!. The rooster Is very calm and quiet. we had another rooster but we had lost him, The two pinned a hawk down and had killed it before i could shoo them away. Hes very friendly and never fights with other roosters. If i had to pick a favorite breed i would chose Jersey giants. There excellent foragers and fit in very well with our other flock members. They even get along with our turkeys!
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. Farmer Connie
    WE have several.. they get big fast... gentle nature.. social skilled
  2. 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
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. scandiafowl
    Tough lesson to learn, I went through the same experience. If you are interested in breeder quality I can provide you with good sources.
  7. dolldee13
    It should stop after pecking order is established but I would remove her from the coop for a week or so to make sure she stays at bottom of order
  8. chicken4prez
    Thanks for the wonderful review
  9. chicken4prez
    Thanks for the review!!
  10. Richie
    Chickens can live a lot more than five years..don't worry about that. I, too, totally prefer a broody hen to an incubator. The hens take such great care of the chicks too.

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