Breed Profile: Jersey Giant

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

11 March 2014

Jersey Giant

John and Thomas Black created the Jersey Giant; with the intent of replacing the turkey, the kind of poultry used primarily for meat at the time. Crossing Black Javas, Black Langshans, and Dark Brahmas produced them. The American Standard of Perfection pronounced the Black Jersey Giant a breed in 1922. White Jersey Giants arrived later in the year 1947. Black Jersey Giants are, on average, 450grams heavier than White Jersey Giants. Though the breed's present size is considerable, they obtained greater mass in the past.

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HISTORY

  • Origin: American
  • Size: 4.5-5.8kg
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Purpose: Dual-purpose
  • Recognized Variations: Back and White, Blue Splash

EGG FACTS

  • Extra Large and Brown
  • 200 Eggs Average Annually

FEATURES

BACKYARD BEHAVIOUR

  • Hardy in Winter: Yes
  • Especially Docile: No
  • Personality: The Jersey Giant is docile and friendly but not to an excessive extent, they are very hardy birds that are quiet and protective of their chicks making their good mothers.

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