Tell me a little about Jersey Giants

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by KingsCalls, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    My brother is wanting some jersey giants. I thought i might get him a few for Christmas and would like to know a little about them....Good layers? yes or no
    Friendly birds? yes or no
    How big do they get?
    Broody? yes or no
    anything else would help
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    They grow VERY slow. Mine didn't start to lay until 32+ weeks. I won't raise them again after this batch.
  3. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    My two jersey girls are good layers and gentle birds but not broody.
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    Corydon, Indiana
    Mine are really sweet. As chicks they were nosy, and still, when I come out, they have to see what's new with me, and taste my clothes, LOL
    They started laying around 5 months , and lay big eggs pretty consistently. They get pretty big, but not until their 2nd year. My three, Marishka, Henrietta, and Charlene were my very first chicks. I love mine. I didn't think they'd go broody, but Henrietta has been sitting on 4 golfballs for a few weeks now. I took them out, and the next morning she was sitting on a small cup. They are very calm.
  5. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Songster

    Dec 1, 2007
    Princeton BC Canada
    I love my girls. They are quiet, calm and have loads of personality. Mine will even come in the house to eat the cat food if the door is open. Mine don't seem to be really late layers, and they lay very nice eggs. Up here in Canada we don;t have the really large variety, I am hoping to import some next year and start breeding up here. I also want to get some of the blue variety.
  6. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Songster

    Mar 25, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Beautiful, gentle creatures and BIG!!!!!! They are very curious and love attention. The Roos are very nosy here at our little farm. Our boys carry them around the yard like a dog. They are so big they can peek in our front door window!!:eek::eek: They would be a great addition to your yard.!!
  7. Hi! My first hatching of JG's are 'just about to be mature'.
    And 2 words come to mind: Slow and Big.
    The boys are darling gentle giants 'so far', and at 7 months now, I expect the girls will be laying any time.
  8. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    Thanks everyone.....I think I remember reading somewhere that they were developed as a meat bird but , they grew too slow to be a sensable meat bird. My brother likes them because they are BIG.
  9. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    This is my seven year old giant 'Momma'. She is a great biddy and these are actually araucana chicks she hatched.


    Some giants are broody and make excellent biddies. Momma is in the nest now waiting for some eggs which are on the way.
  10. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

    May 7, 2007
    fingerlakes, ny
    My Jersey Giants were among the first to lay -- only my RIR and Golden Comets layed sooner. They are the sweetest birds!!! They have big brown, rather than yellow, eyes and an extremely mellow disposition. They are very consistent layers, too.

    Mine are 16 months old and only slightly bigger than the average chicken, I think. Definitely bigger than the Delaware and Speckled Sussex, but around the same size as the RIR. Their eggs are longer, but narrow.

    Mine are hatchery chickens so maybe not purebred?

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