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Chicken Breed Focus - Java

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The Java breed, which shares a name with the island of Java, was developed in the U.S. from chickens of unknown Asian extraction. It is one of the oldest American chickens, forming the basis for many other breeds, but is critically endangered today. The Java breed is the second oldest American breed, after the Dominique. The breed was first mentioned in print in 1835, but it is thought to have been present well before this time.

    The Java breed was first recognized officially by acceptance into the APA's Standard of Perfection in 1883. The white, black, and mottled varieties were all originally described in the Standard, but the white was removed in 1910, because it was thought to be too similar to the White Plymouth Rock. The white variety eventually disappeared in the 1950s. There was also an Auburn variety, which was the basis for the Rhode Island Red, but it disappeared by1870.

    With its dual purpose, great foraging, great laying, friendly and docile temperament, the Java is perfect for the small backyard flock.

    Details:
    Breed Purpose Dual Purpose
    Comb Single
    Broodiness Frequent
    Climate Tolerance All Climates
    Egg Productivity Medium
    Egg Size Large
    Egg Color Brown
    Breed Temperament Friendly, Calm, Quiet, Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties The Java can be found in black, white and mottled
    Breed Size Large Fowl

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    BYC Breed Reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/java

    BYC Breed Discussions:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/292829/java-thread/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/54667/mottled-java/0_30


    Do you own Javas? Are you a Java breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
  2. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Overrun With Chickens

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    Cool breed!
     
  3. MistyMountain

    MistyMountain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for this, sumi. I don't have any yet, but am expecting 10 mottled javas from Sandhill in May. They caught my attention for all of the things you have listed above, especially great foraging, American heritage, and the opportunity to help keep a breed going.

    Hopefully they do well, and in the coming years I will be able to add more to the flock. Looking forward to hearing from others about them, it seems there are so few.
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    They are a lovely breed, aren't they? I never heard of them before I bought some chickens at a farmer's market here in Ireland about 3 years ago and the vendor told me they were "Java bantams" It turned out they were the result of Java LF x unknown breed bantams. Really, really nice little birds, but too much of a project for me to take on at the time.
     
  5. bnjrob

    bnjrob Overrun With Chickens

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    BYC Breed Reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/java

    BYC Breed Discussions:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/292829/java-thread/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/54667/mottled-java/0_30


    Do you own Javas? Are you a Java breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!

    Thanks for putting Javas in the spotlight! Our Java breeding continues here. We've made improvements on the bloodline we've had the longest and our newer, more rare bloodline is the focus of attention this year, along with some special projects to improve coloring in the Mottleds as well as to get some non-standard colored Javas. Javas are great for both egg and meat production and we've never been sorry that they were the breed we chose to keep.
     
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  6. wornoutmomto3

    wornoutmomto3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got my first bunch of Mottled Javas this spring! They are pullets from TSC, but I am happy to have them.

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  7. gator75

    gator75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got one this week! Thanks to those who told me what I adopted.

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  8. Debs55

    Debs55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Love my flock of Mottled Javas! Just wish more people were interested in them :)
     
  9. MESOFRUFFEH

    MESOFRUFFEH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been told that our "Big Bird" is a Mottled Java. Everyone who comes to our hosue says WOW who is that fella? He is mighty impressive, pictures do not do him justice, he is a HUGE bird! [​IMG]

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    He is the goofiest chicken I have ever had!!!
     
  10. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Overrun With Chickens

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    Beautiful! He IS huge!
     

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