Referred to as the “gentle giants”, Jersey Giant chickens are a large breed of chicken weighing up to 13 lbs. They are considered as a heritage poultry breed and dependable brown egg layers. They were created as a dual-purpose fowl. It has a black plumage with a green sheen, dark brown eyes, black shanks and black toes except for yellow skin showing on the bottoms of the feet. Its straight red comb and huge size makes it a remarkable exhibition breed.
Chickens need to receive the correct nutrients, vitamins and minerals in their diet to stay healthy and productive. When feeding corn, it is recommended to use PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Chicken Feeder's ¾-inch or 1-inch regulator disc to feed these chickens. If feeding pellets, cracked corn or wheat the 5/8-inch regulator disc can be used. The opening ensures the easy flow of feed. It is wide enough to regulate the flow and it does not clog up the feed.
The chickens are robust and can tolerate cold temperatures. They are calm and docile. Due to their size, they require large spaces in their coops. It is because of their weight that they cannot fly very high. It takes 18 to 24 months for a Jersey Giant to achieve its full size.
An interesting fact about this chicken is that Jersey Giant chickens were developed to replace the turkey as the meat poultry breed. Another interesting fact is that the original Jersey Giant was developed in New Jersey in the late 19th century by crossing several of the large, dark breeds such as Orpingtons, Black Javas, Black Langshans, and Dark Brahmas. The Black Jersey Giant was added to the Standard of Perfection of the American Poultry Association in 1922. The White variety was added in 1947, and Blue in 2002.