Jersey Giant

The Jersey Giant belongs to the heavy weights among the chicken breeds. It was created in New Jersey in the United States in the late 1800s at a time when broiler chicks could not grow big enough. The Jersey giant was for some time tested as a replacement for the turkey as meat poultry, but has never really been a commercial success as it grows too slowly.

In Europe, it almost disappeared until it got renewed interest as hobby poultry and has become a little more common over the last 20-30 years.

Characteristics

A pleasant and hardy breed that can grow very large, but do not gain the same weight as in earlier times. It eats a lot growing up and grows slowly so its value as a meat chicken is not great.

It is, however, a very impressive sight to look at and opposite many of the smaller but more lively breeds, it also thrives in relatively limited space.

Only rarely gets broody.

Colours

Black, White, Blue

 

Type: heavy

Weight hen: ca 3,5 – 4,5 kg

Weight rooster: ca 5,0 – 5,9 kg

Egg: ca 60 – 66 g, brown

Eggs a year: 150