About Jersey Giant Chickens
Giant weighs in as the largest purebred chicken in the world, although they are
a bit smaller that the image shown. A Jersey Giant capon can reach twenty
pounds. Unfortunately, it takes six months for the Jersey Giant to grow its
giant skeleton and another three months before it has sufficient bulk for
butchering. Their slow maturation rate makes them unviable for commercial meat
production. Jersey Giants lay three extra-large, brown eggs a week. They will brood
chicks; however, their massive size often leads to crushed eggs or chicks. In
spite of their size, Jersey Giants fit well into a small farm setting. They
have a hardy constitution for cold.
Giant chickens have a docile disposition. The roosters show less aggression
than other breeds. Jersey Giants tame easily, eat out of a human hand, and run
toward a person for a good petting. They do well in confinement. Jersey Giants
make great pets; however, small children may feel intimated by their size.
American Poultry Association (APA) recognizes the Black, White, and Blue Jersey
Giant. The most common Jersey Giant, The Black, has a solid black plumage with
a green hue. They have a large red comb of the single configuration, medium red
wattles, and medium red earlobes. Black Jersey Giants have a yellow carcass
covered by their plumage but visible on the bottom of their slate gray feet.
The Whites look like the Blacks except they have white feathers and yellow
legs. Blue Jersey Giants, just recently accepted by the APA, have grayish blue
feathers with a dark lacing and black hackles.
Giants need more space in every category including the entrance hole to the
coop. Make perches and nesting boxes big enough to accommodate adult fowl.
Jersey Giants like to forage. Provide them room to roam. You can use a low
fence as Jersey Giants have little ability or inclination to fly. Give your
chickens plenty of good layer food. Limited food can limit their development.
As mentioned above, Jersey Giants can accidentally smash or trample brood. Use
an incubator. Jersey Giants typically take an extra day or two to hatch. Be