Jersey Giant

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    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:
    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 Giants’ legs are black, the bottoms of their feet being yellow. Australorps’ 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:
    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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. ProbablyDusk
    "The Jersey *Giant* review"
    Pros - -Largest chicken breed.
    -If castrated, they can grow to 20 pounds.
    -Roosters normally weigh up to 13lbs, hens weighing around 10lbs.
    -Are generally docile and calm.
    Cons - -The Jersey Giant takes around 7 months to reach full size.
    -Are good layers, but are more often used for meat.
    -Slow to mature, and have a poor feed-to-meat conversion.
    To start off the review, we might as well go over the history of the Jersey Giant (or JG for short).
    JG's were initially bred by Thomas and John Black in the 1880's with the intent of replacing turkeys, meaning that they take a very long time to mature, but also have a lot more meat than other breeds, since they are the largest chicken breed.

    More often that not, JG's have black feathers due to their heritage, which consists of Black Javas, Dark Brahmas, Dark Corhishes, and Black Langshans.

    As we can deduce from the breeds used to create the gentle giants, JG's have a poor feed-to-meat conversion, they eat much more than what they give out, and are gigantic birds. The hens boast to be at least 20 inches tall, while the roosters take the cake with their height of 26 inches!

    While JG's lay a fair amount of eggs, they run the risk of being broody, which halts their egg-laying period for a spell. Overall, JG's are also fairly cold-hardy and calm, leading them to have a decent temperament.

    To recap, if you are looking for a meat bird, this is definitely your type of bird if you are willing to spend more time and money on it, they make great mothers and good layers, and have a decent temperament of being calm and docile, often times being called "Gentle Giants."

    If you are looking for a cost-efficient bird, then this bird is not the one that you should be looking for.Cornish or Delaware breeds give less meat, but cost less than the JG's diet would cost your wallet, and grow faster than them, since an average JG takes approximately 7 months to grow to full size.
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  2. A1Blues
    "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 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
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  3. Mace Gill
    "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?

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  1. 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
  2. Farmer Connie
    WE have several.. they get big fast... gentle nature.. social skilled
  3. 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
  4. HortaChickenist

    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 contest...
      Henrik Petersson likes this.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. chicken4prez
    Thanks for the wonderful review
  10. chicken4prez
    Thanks for the review!!

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