java chicken breed- rare?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by annette'spets, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. annette'spets

    annette'spets Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    vero beach, Fl.
    I just got five baby Java chicks. My friend said they are rather rare, what would the reason be? How many people have them?
    Mine are all black. Have they been mixed with other breeds? Just wondered,as I am thinking of keeping them separate and pure.
  2. Looks like quite a few people are starting to aquire Java`s. About 7-8 years ago I read an article in Mother Earth News about The Garfield Farm Museum, in IL. Seems they obtained some Black Java`s and though they were considered rare, or even extinct, at that time, the University of IL did a DNA test on them and determined that they were indeed pure Black Java`s. Garfield started breeding them pure and had some white sports hatch. So then they bred both the blacks and the whites seperately. I obtained some eggs and hatched several and started both families on my own. Before long I had Java`s of both colors comming out my ears. I gave all my stock to a breeder in Loxahatchee, FL, so as to make room for my true love, which is Oriental Gamefowl. It is my understanding that spangled and even blue colors have since been devloped. If you google Garfield Farm Museum, you will find a lot of info on Java`s. Have fun..........Pop
  3. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

    May 20, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    I have White Java roos(6-8 weeks) for sale from Garfield Farm, if you would like to get some White blood in your Blacks, they are $5 and shipping is $45 for 1. White Javas are extremely rare and I would say their are around 100 of them.
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Javas are rare, but hatcheries are starting to carry the mottled Javas as well (haven't seen a black or white from a hatchery yet, but then again, I didn't look to hard). From a breeder, they are gems!
  5. haTHOR

    haTHOR Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Near Asheville, NC
    there are a few of us on here who are working with javas. it's exciting to see others taking it up too! i do a search on javas every once in a while just to get an idea of who "we" java folks are. good luck!
  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    Javas are very rare, theres a thread with pictures of what theyll look like as adults on my signature

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