Black Giants - any comments/experience?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Brahmadarma, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Brahmadarma

    Brahmadarma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2008
    I'm considering adding one/some to my mixed flock, but I don't know much about them. Can anyone share?
  2. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    They are HUGE birds! [​IMG] LOL just had to tell you that.
    We had a beautiful new jersey giant black rooster, and he was BIG! :eek: Veru pretty, too. Roosters can become aggressive, but not as bad as some breeds, like the RIR. Lots of fluffy feathers. Not sure about the hen's personality, but roosters seem to be good family birds. Ours sometimes pecked us if we patted his chest, but he never really chased us. Like I said, BIG BIRDS!!! [​IMG] Good for breeding. Personality:

    *blacks have green/blue colored tail feathers, very pretty!
    *friendly(depending on how you raise them).
    *good family bird.
    *good manners to hens.

    I would recommend this breed to a lot of people. Hens lay large-X large brown eggs, and this breed is hardy through cold and warm seasons. Lays all through cold weather, too.(winter, fall...)

    I wish we still had our jersey giant rooster. But a weasel got the gorgeous boy, along with his beloved hens. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    But anyway, a very great breed! [​IMG]
  3. Brahmadarma

    Brahmadarma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2008
    Wow - you are a Giant fan, I can tell !
    Thanks, that's very helpful.
    Sorry about your roo.
  4. bubbazmommy

    bubbazmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, ME
    Nice to hear they lay thru the cold weather months. We have 10 of them and they are very sweet. [​IMG]
  5. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    Mine are only 12 weeks!!!

    I have a boy & some girls!
    I was unable to aquire any quality Brahma Roo so I went into acompletely different breed!

    I was was told by a few different people about their wonderful temperment!!!
    they are also suppose to lay well & large to extra large eggs
    they seem to be really good foregors

    [​IMG] I'll keep you posted

    I have to say they are very calm & easy going so far!
  6. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2007
    Washington State
    I had two and now have one. They are a big bird and the APA lists them as the largest recognized breed of chicken. Hatchery birds will often be small than those coming from Breeders and especially SQ stock but they are still big nonetheless.

    Giants are dual purpose birds. You can do better for eggs with Laying Breeds (like the Leghorns) and you can do better for meat with Meat Breeds (like the Cornish). So their feed-to-production ration isn't the best. Also, since they are so large they will take longer to mature and therefore take longer to start producing eggs.

    I think the Black Giants are a pretty bird with the green sheen in the feathers. I find the ones I've got to be relatively mild-mannered.

    I don't know what info you're looking for so I've tried to be of some help. Feel free to follow up if you have specific questons I haven't addressed. Overall, I would recommend you give them a try. I think you'll be pleased.

    God Bless,
  7. ears73

    ears73 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    Westchester, NY
    We just rehomed our gorgeous JG roo... He was just doing his roo thing, but it wasn't right for where we live (3 acre suburban area) and how we live (free range w/no boundary fences). He was AWESOME and protected the hens, but crowed all the time and challenged everyone when their back was turned away -even the 4 year olds.... I had a hard time letting him go, but another BYC member has him now and his roo thing is better there than it was at our place.

    But he was indeed awesome -his looks were a show stopper!

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