my jersey giants, aren't so giant ???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bethandjoeync, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. bethandjoeync

    bethandjoeync Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Iron Station, NC
    We ordered chicks last spring, a nice assortment of great layers in all different colors. DH desperately wanted black jersey giants, he really wanted some huge chickens I guess. They are now a year old and I am wondering when they will start looking bigger than the rest of the flock. I don't really notice a difference with them yet.
    can anyone give me some insight on the breed?
  2. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    These are from a big hatchery? I notice that all my hatchery birds turn out smaller than 'breeder' birds (aka ones I hatched myself from shipped eggs). Pics? [​IMG]
  3. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    hatchery JG are never as big as ones from a breeder. I would check out the Jersey giant thread and see if there is a breeder near you
  4. Big Blue

    Big Blue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2008
    We had Jersey Giants from a breeder and they did not get as big as our Sussex. Give your Jersey Giants time and see what you get.
  5. Bi0s

    Bi0s Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    Bland County VA!!!!!
    [​IMG] got any pictures
  6. bethandjoeync

    bethandjoeync Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Iron Station, NC
    that's the one thing I have heard, is they need time. I figured buy a year old I would notice a bit of a difference though. I agree, it probably has to do with hatchery quality...we got them from Cackle. it is supposed to be a really pretty day today. I will get some pictures of them and update the first post. they love taking pictures anyways, as long as I don't zoom in or out...the noise my camera makes when I do that always freaks them out and my roo hates it
  7. BoomChickaRocka

    BoomChickaRocka Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 24, 2011
    Jersey Giants grow up in the first year, and out in the second.
  8. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I have hatchery JG that are 4-5 years old. They are huge![​IMG]
    Mine were about 2 years old before I noticed a big difference and now everyone wants to know what that huge black bird is, besides my Langshans roo, of course.
    I do not have a grown JG roo right now but have some chicks I hatched from a breeder. So far the JG chicks are not any bigger than my Marans chicks that hatched at the same time but I have huge Marans so I expect to see some big beauties next summer.

    My Langshans/JG crosses are 6 months old and the roos are a good size but the girls are still average size. We will put the roos in the freezer but the girls will stay for my laying/free range flock. More nice big, possibly double yolked, eggs!

    My JG on my website would be on the free ranging page but I am not sure if there are any good ones to show size. Maybe. There is a photo of my Langshans roo on my duck page but it doesn't show much for size either.

    But as others have said, give it time. Yours will be big in another 6-8 months and next year you will see a considerable difference. The bigger they are the longer they take to grow.[​IMG]
  9. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Hatchery chickens almost never reach the size the breed should.

    But, with Jersey Giants, even breeder lines can be a little on the small size. If you Jersey Giants are from a breeder but have the wrong sole color, that is one explanation.

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