The Jersey Giant standard chicken came about in the late 1800’s when two brothers, John and Thomas Black, must have thought that chickens were just not big enough. They created the Jersey Giant by crossing Java, Brahma, Cornish and Langshan chickens. Ironically, there is also a Jersey Giant bantam although they are rarer.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieites (Single Comb): Blue, Black, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Pets
Bantam: 34 - 38 oz
Largefowl: 10 - 13 lbs
Personality: Docile and very sweet
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
Jersey Giants from a hatchery are very similar in appearance to their Australorps. To tell the two breeds apart look at your bird’s feet. Jersey Giants have yellow soles and Australorps have pinkish white.
calm, gentle giants, cold weather, good meat fowl, ideal backyard
feed conversion, egg/food ratio, slaughter age, bulky frame
predatory animals, white feet, HUGE chicken, fair dualpurpose breed, hearty eaters.I
The Big Mamma Hen
While she doesn't brood, her dominating size over the rest of the hens and our rooster has her nicknamed the' mamma hen'. She also loves to stand her ground with our 55lb English Shepherd and peck her right in the face no problem. She is a friendly tough big girl who is quite heavy. She lays huge usually double yolk eggs about every other day, even in the winter. She loves to forage through the yard, can't fly very well and is very friendly. .
From crstigen Jan 21 2017 2:44AM
Not terribly productive, but big and beautiful
Jersey Giants were initially developed as a meat breed and true to their name are impressively large chickens. There is, however, nothing productive about them compared to the quantity of feed that they consume. While they are a true heavy weight, they take a long time to put on that weight.
They might not be the most productive birds, but Jersey Giants are fantastic pet chickens. They have a charming, personable disposition. Despite their size, they are docile and blend well with most other breeds.
Jersey Giants are slow birds that tend to stroll around rather than actively foraging. They do fine in a confined area as long as they have enough room to move around and the coop accommodations take their ample size into account.
Their coloration is solid black, but beautifully iridescent and their size alone makes them a lovely visual addition to a flock. They are decent layers of pretty pink eggs that run about the same size as other standard dual purpose breeds.
Again, you won’t be getting any kind of economical return on the number of eggs. If you decide to keep this breed it needs to be primarily because you enjoy large chickens.
My only real negative regarding this breed is that I haven’t been terribly impressed with the health of the strain I’ve kept. I lost two Jersey Giants to crop issues. That’s not necessarily a genetic problem, but I’m assuming there was a genetic component in this case since I’ve never had that problem with any other breed. The issue also developed the same way in the two different birds over a year apart.
I do have a third Jersey Giant that came with the other two, but has a slightly different appearance and couldn’t be healthier bird. She’s a little shier than the other two were and a tad high strung, but still a super sweet bird.
The Jersey Giant won’t win any production contests, but they are an impressive and fun novelty breed..
From gardenfairy Sep 13 2014 12:09AM
Ok Egg Production,Lots Of Meat, and Great Roosters
The Jersey Giant chicken breed is, as their name suggest, pretty huge. It's self-evident that if you want to keep these in your yard and you get them small, you better make sure you calculate enough space for when they get big.
The Roosters we had were all whoopers at around 12-13 lbs, which is why these birds should be principally bred for meat. On top of being massive, I have to say, the Jersey roosters are the chicken-version of Mother Theresa compared to the vicious Rhode Island Red ones we had. Make sure to get them as cockerel's or get ones with temperate natures and you shouldn't have too many problems with them.
Unfortunately, the egg-laying abilities of Jersey hens don't really compare to Rhode Island Reds in my experience. You're going to get pinkish eggs from them more times than not, and their laying is inconsistent. In my opinion, if you're looking for an egg laying hen, you're better off getting a different breed. One positive aspect compared to RIR hens is that these girls did not have brooders among them in the time frame we had them. None the less, I wouldn't recommend the Jersey breed to hobby owners that want them just for eggs.
Often times Jersey Giant's get a bad rap, but this is more so because of the people who raise them, despite the fact that this breed is not for casual types. Jersey's are a ranch animal that I would argue should be raised for meat. Patience is also priceless when raising them, despite their very large end-size, they take longer to put on meat than some other breeds.
All in all, if you have a large farm type of yard, I could recommend raising this brand of poultry for its good meat and ample amounts of it. If you're looking for a pet chicken that lays eggs, however, you're going to be sorely disappointed. For the latter purpose, Plymouth Rocks and Rhode Island Reds are better choices..
From JoeyGibson May 14 2014 9:42PM