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These are very sweet and versatile birds, suiting backyard, homestead, and barnyard needs. Jersey Giants are friendly, docile birds that get along well with humans and other chickens alike. They do well both on the range and in large backyard runs. And they lay a good deal of eggs and provide a decent amount of meat. The Top 10 reasons to get Jersey Giant chickens. Other breeds you may want instead of Jersey Giant chickens. And, finally, where to buy your Jersey Giant chicks, roos, or hens! This post contains affiliate links for my favorite products from Amazon.
As an associate, I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. Have Jersey Giant chickens? Jersey Giants are, on average, the largest chicken breed. Yes, even larger than the mighty Asiatic giants— Brahmas, Cochins, and Langshans.
Think about that for a minute. Your Jersey Giant hens will weigh more than most of your roosters from other breeds! Why the heck are Jersey Giants so large? They were purposely developed this way in the late s by their creators, John and Thomas Black. As Frances Bassom says in her book,. Jersey Giants are gorgeous. They come in a few different varieties, although not all are recognized by the American Poultry Association.
And they also come in bantam i. The birds also come in a Splash variety, and some breeders are allegedly working on Barred and Silver varieties. Black Jersey Giants are the most common variety. Below, you can see a video of gorgeous Black Jersey Giants. And here, you can see Blue Jersey Giants—fast forward to about 15 seconds in to get a good view of the adults.
Below, you can see a video of Black Jersey Giant chicks. And here, you can see a video of White Jersey Giant chicks. Notice how the chicks are a smoky gray color. The age that Jersey Giants start laying varies greatly. Some have reported their Jersey Giants are very late to lay at months, or even as long as a year.
Others have said their Giants laid at about 5 months. Also, some hatchery strains of Jersey Giants are much better layers than the norm. Jersey Giants do tend to continue to lay during the winter months as well. Check out the video below of a young Blue Jersey Giant hen laying an egg. This egg has no shell. The man in the video said this is only her second egg. Want to see what a jersey giant egg typically looks like? Check out the video below—fast forward to 2. Jersey Giants take a very long time to reach their marketable weight of lbs, but if you have the patience, they do produce excellent meat.
Many homesteaders use them as roasting birds. Jersey Giants do tend to go broody, and they make excellent mothers. So, if broodiness or lack thereof is important to you, make sure you check with your breeder or hatchery before purchase. Below, you can see a video of a broody Jersey Giant hen sitting on her eggs.
Jersey Giants are fairly hardy birds who love to free range. They love to forage. However, as a large breed, they will still require plenty of feed. Jersey Giants also tend to fare well against predators, in comparison to most other breeds—or at least the Black variety does. White chickens, no matter what the breed, tend to stick out. But Jersey Giants are large birds, and some will fight a potential aggressor. Below, you can see an example of a Jersey Giant standing up for herself. The video shows a Blue Heeler dog trying to herd a Blue Jersey Giant hen, but the hen is not having it.
It is Daisy's job to get the chickens up every evening. Jersey Giant chickens seem to have lower levels of fear than many other breeds which can be good or bad. You can see an example of this low level of fear in the video below. A Jersey Giant hen is determined to take a dust bath in her chosen spot, despite being approached and stared down by an attentive dog. Notice the other hen not a Jersey Giant immediately ran away when the dog approached.
Many Jersey Giant keepers have said that their chickens fare very well against hawks and birds of prey. But they still may fall prey to other animals. Jersey Giants are very calm and docile chickens. The video below illustrates their demeanor perfectly. Jersey giants can also be incredibly sweet and friendly to their keepers, and many of them love to cuddle.
She likes to be petted. She would place herself between two other squawking chickens as the peacemaker. Because of their docile nature, Jersey Giants can make really great pets for children. Below, you can see petting a Black Jersey Giant adolescent chick. However, you will need to be careful keeping Jersey Giants around especially young children, simply because of their large size. Even Jersey Giant roosters tend to be sweethearts. Jersey Giants tend to get along very well with both each other and other breeds of chickens. Some Jersey Giants may even be tolerant of other roosters.
However, check out the video below. You can see a Jersey Giant rooster sparring with a little Silkie rooster. These are large birds who love to explore and forage, and, therefore, are best kept in a large backyard or free-range setup. Because Jersey Giants are so much larger than average chickens, you will either need to build your coop a little differently, or modify your existing coop to accommodate the following:. Jersey Giants will need more space on their roosting bars.
They need lower roosting bars because they cannot fly and can injure their legs jumping down from high places. Below, you can see a video of a Jersey Giant whose pop door is almost too small for her to use. Jersey Giants can only be expected to lay about 3 eggs per week—not bad, but not prolific.
And if you do decide to get broody breeds, you will need to stay vigilant. Although Jersey Giants can provide a lot of meat for you and your family, they are very slow growing. They can take 8 to 9 months to reach a harvestable weight.
The videos show Jersey Giants at 2 weeks, 1 month, 2. You will also have to feed your Jersey Giants plenty of food to get them to a harvestable weight. They have a poor feed-to-meat conversion. These guys really like to eat. In the video below, you can see a video of Jersey Giants happily eating.
Jersey Giant birds are very hardy and can handle winter temperatures better than many breeds. Below, you can see a flock of Black Jersey Giants out in the snow in Georgia. However, there is one major downside to keeping Jersey Giants in the cold winter months: their large single combs.Blue jersey giant chicks
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