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Jersey Giant

Average User Rating:
4.24638/5,
  • 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. 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
  2. birdwrangler057
    5/5,
    "Good hens"
    Pros - Large, good layers, cold hardy, and sweet
    Cons - They can sometimes be jumpy, but overall they're great
    Great hens, If you are looking for some chickens, these are the ones!
    Overall:
    5
  3. teria
    4/5,
    "Can be noisy, but, beautiful and adaptable"
    Pros - Sturdy, cold resistant, adapted to our flock easily, great foragers, affectionate and attention seeking
    Cons - Can be noisy, especially when they want attention or think you have a treat for them.
    We have two Jersey Giants. Both hens, we got them together as chicks. They have always been so interesting, not just because they are bigger than our other chickens, but, because of the vocalizations they make that are often very un chicken like. They chortle, and warble, and coo like doves. They have beautiful feathers and are super soft. One of ours is more social than the other, so, as a breed standard I am not certain if they typically are more like one or the other. Aunt Singe is our less social giant, but, she still likes to hang out and chat with us. Wednesday is very attached, especially to me, and likes to hop up on the arm of any chair I'm in and just chats away. She likes to be petted. Aunt Singe will tolerate petting, They were both raised with our Golden Sexlink chick, but, they aren't necessarily attached to her as much as she is to them. They are fine being on their own. They are very good foragers, and get along well with the rest of our flock. Initially, when they were just teenagers, the older girls would run them off and not let them roost with them at night, but, over time, and with their size becoming more of an asset, they worked their way into the flock and have a spot about the middle of the pecking order. They are regular, pretty much daily, egg layers of pretty light brown eggs. If we lived in a less populated area perhaps I would give them a five star rating, but, due to their tendency to sqwak and complain very loudly I have to rate them lower overall.
    Overall:
    4.5

User Comments

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. chicken4prez
    Thanks for the wonderful review
  6. chicken4prez
    Thanks for the review!!
  7. 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.
  8. Chickadee55
    I wish they would sit still for a hatching. I don't really want to deal with an incubator and I'm not sure how long my rooster will be around, he is at least 5 yrs old but I would really like to have some of his offspring.
  9. Richie
    I have had New Hampshires, wyandottes and silver grey dorkings sit. I also had a buff rock who was a good broody hen. It seems to depend on the breed and on the individual chicken as to whether or not she sits. My best broody hen to date was a black wyandotte. My friend had a brown leghorn that was a great mother and leghorns rarely go broody.
  10. Chickadee55
    I bought mine from a farm store along with some RIR's. I have a beautiful rooster that is half JG and was hoping they could make a nice flock but no one will sit long enough.

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