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Javas are dual-purposernchickens. They excel in meat production and Java hens lays two, medium brownrneggs a week. By commercial standards they mature slowly; however, theirrnmaturation rates prove sufficient for the small scale farmer. Given their largernsize, the backyard farmer can butcher a young cockerel and still have arnrespectable-size, table bird for a family. Their black pin feathers serve asrnquality control indicators over the plucking process by showing missedrnfeathers. rnrn 

rnrnThey do bestrnin warm weather. In colder climates they need a well-insulated coop. Javas meetrnfifty percent of their nutrition needs by foraging which makes them anrneconomical fowl to rise.rnrn 

rnrnThey are a largernfowl breed plus docile and easily handled. Javas like to forage but bear uprnwell in confinement. As foragers they remain active throughout the day but dornso in a calm, peaceful manner. They have a tendency toward broodiness. Theyrnhave been described as the “workhorse of the poultry world.” Common, sturdy, andrnproductive the Java just quietly does its job. Many heritage breeders want tornsee the docile Java once again grace the serene farmyards of America.rnrn 

rnrnJavas roostersrnweigh an average of ten pounds with the hens coming in at a close eight. Javasrnhave a rectangular shape with a full breast, tight feathers, and a singlernmedium comb with matching medium wattles. They sport small red earlobes. ThernBlack Java has black feathers that shimmer with a beetle-green glint in thernsunlight. Mottled Javas have the same basic black color but with white markingsrnon the tips of the feathers that give the plumage an appearance of spots. ThernAmerican Poultry Association removed the White Java from the Standards ofrnPerfection in 1910 because it resembled too closely the White Plymouth Rock.rnrn 

rnrnWork with thernAmerican Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) who started a project in 2009 tornrecover the Java. Plan for your Java by providing spacious, food-filled runs,rnand well insulated coops. Javas need to forage and will reward the Java ownerrnby securing much of their own food. Provide good layer food to support theirrnegg production. Break the Java broodiness by keeping on top of egg collection,rnby using a wire bottom in the nesting boxes, and by keeping the hen out ofrnsight of an old nest.

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