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Jersey Giant Chickens

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Breed Rating (18 Reviews)


Jersey Giant History

Originally called the Jersey Black Giant after the brothers who developed the breed, the Jersey Giant is the worlds largest chicken. It was developed in New Jersey in America around 1870 as a dual-purpose bird. The early birds were exceptionally heavy and roosters were often caponised (castrated) which allowed them to grow to an astounding 20lbs! They are thought to have been bred from crosses of Orpingtons, Dark Brahmas, Black Javas and Black Langshans. The Black variety was the first to be developed, followed by the White in the mid-20th Century, which is a sport of the Black. The Blue laced variety is a more modern introduction and is the most beautiful. They are enormous birds, well built with a long deep breast and this build is described as brick shaped. Their featherless legs are black with a green sheen apart from the White variety, which are of a dark willow shade, but the undersides of the feet are yellow unlike the Australorps, which has white soles. The eyes are dark brown and they have a single bright red comb, long wattles and ear lobes.

Jersey Giant Behaviour

These large birds need a lot of space but are unable to fly so boundaries do not have to be particularly high to keep them confined. They aren't really good pets for small children because of their great size though. They do go broody and the hens make very protective mothers. The chicks are slow growing and don't develop their large frame until they reach around 6 months of age. They are strong, robust birds, which are hardy in cold weather and they are calm and gentle and will tolerate each other well. The hens lay around 160 large, brown eggs a year. Cocks will reach an average of 13lbs in weight while the females are around 10lbs.

Jersey Giant Varieties

Black, White and Blue.

Jersey Giant Status


Jersey Giant Pictures

Chickens in run
Chicken in run
silver dorking
Flock  JG from 2012
Jersey Giant Hen
Jersey Giant Cockerel - I just know I am magnificent
Wanda, a day old
Beau my gentle giant Jersey Giant Cockerel
Jersey Giant
2 day old Jersey Giant
Customer Image
Chicken in garden
Chicken walking in its run

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Latest Reviews For Jersey Giant (5 of 19)

Jersey Giants - Steve,

Hi all any jersey Giants breeders in Australia. Any help would be appreciated.

Lovely birds - Jay,

Lovely large fowl, so docile and friendly, my kids love them, not flighty at all, great with dogs also, nothing bothers these birds, also they lay huge eggs which is great

Great Chicken - Angela,

I raised Jersey Giants from hatching eggs and was lucky enough to get a blue/lavendar Cockerel we named Big Bird. He was the nicest friendliest bird ever and used to follow us around like a huge puppy. The hens were fabulous too. Great breed for those with patience while these birds grow! Highly recommended for the garden and lovely eggs but not prolific layers.

they are very nice and lay allot of eggs - Kaleb,

they are very nice and lay allot of eggs

Awesome - Peggy,

I love the Jersey Giants. They follow me around. Come running when I'm outside. They come when called. Their beauty with the iridescent feathers. Egg production is great. These birds are a joy to be around!