Java Chicken

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The basics:
After the Dominique, the Java Chicken is the oldest breed of chicken created in the United States. Though its name would suggest a Javan derivation, it is not known exactly where in Asia its ancestors came from. It was first mentioned in print in 1835, but it is thought to have been present well before this time.

Javas were especially notable as meat production birds throughout the 19th century, with their popularity peaking in the latter half of that century. The Java is a key foundation breed for the American class of chickens, having contributed significantly to major modern fowl such as the Jersey Giant, Rhode Island Red and Plymouth Rock. The Java was first recognized officially by acceptance in the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 1883.

Unfortunately, the Java Chicken is currently rare, and has been given a classification of "threatened" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC). A concerted effort to publicize and popularize the breed is being led by the Java Breeders of America.

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Auburn, Black, Mottled, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Bantam: 32 - 36 oz
Largefowl: 7.5 - 9.5 lbs
Personality: Docile and sweet natured.
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large


dual purpose breed, ultimate farmstead fowl, inclement weather, excellent disease resistance


slower growth rate


green lustrious sheen, color varieties, black feathers

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