We raise exhibition quality Jersey Giants.
The Jersey Giant chicken was developed between 1870 and 1890 by John and Thomas Black in New Jersey. The original intention of the Black brothers was to create a chicken that could potentially replace turkeys as a premium table bird.
As its name implies, these easygoing chickens are impressive in size with mature roosters weighing 13-15 pounds and mature hens weighing 10-11 pounds. Male birds stand 22-26 inches and the females 16-20 inches.
The Giant is a BIG bird!
Jersey Giants are dual-purpose chickens, but they excel as meat birds with their body size. Their meat is reportedly excellent, and one bird can feed a family of four. The hens of this breed tend to lay more eggs than other heavy breeds. Their eggs are extra-large in size with colors ranging from dark brown to light cream, and they lay about 150-200 eggs per year. They start to lay between 8 months and a year of age.
Jersey Giants are a very cold-hardy breed, but the large single combs on the roosters can be subject to frostbite. Jersey Giants generally lay during the winter. However, they do not do well in the heat, so they must have options to keep them cool in warm climates.
They are a hardy breed, and they love to forage and they do well against predators. Because they are large, some will fight potential aggressors. They are calm and docile and get along with other chicken breeds. They generally don’t fly because of their weight, but some have been known to fly over a fence if something attracts them. They are generally very friendly birds - even the roosters!
When Size Matters...
The source of your Jersey Giant stock matters if you want genuine representatives of the breed standard. These two pullets were both hatched in September of 2022. The lighter bird is 3 weeks older than the darker bird. There is an obvious maturity difference between these two juveniles, however, look at the size difference!
We raised both birds in the same room, on the same feed, with the same companions. They have been treated as equals since they arrived on the farm. Why the drastic difference in maturity and size?
The lighter bird came from a breeder who's foundation stock had been sourced from a commercial hatchery. The darker bird came from a Jersey Giant flock that has existed for nearly 100 years. For the best representation of the breed, avoid commercial hatcheries and seek out true heritage breeders who strive to maintain the standard of perfection!