In the late 1800's, New Jersey breeders created a chicken designed to rival the meatiness of the turkeys of the era. The massive Black Jersey Giant was the result of merging the genetics of several large breeds, while the White Jersey Giant was created later. At maturity roosters often weigh an amazing 11 lb. with hens only a few pounds lighter. Although they grow slowly they eventually are a third larger than most other heavy breeds. These birds are ideal for anyone wanting an impressive hen that lays about 240 extra-large eggs annually. When younger, the birds will mature relatively quickly and begin to lay around 6 months old, but they tend to reach a marketable meat weight slower than other breeds. It could take up to 9 months for this bird to fill out its meat proportions. Jersey Giants are docile, gentle giants that are very winter hardy and do well in confinement and are good foragers. This great dual-purpose breed tends to produce more eggs than other heavy breeds and does not tend to be broody.
- Bird Purpose: Dual Purpose, Meat, Prolific Layer
- Egg Production Rate: Females ONLY; Approximately 240 Eggs/Year
- Egg Color: Brown
- Egg Size: Extra Large
- Bird Characteristics: Docile, Easy going, Hardy in Winter, Bears confinement well
- Mature Weight: Male 11 lb. Female 9 lb.
- Package Quantity: 10 baby chicks