- Black Jersey Giant Chicken
The Black Jersey Giant chicken was originated in Burlington County in the State of New Jersey during the 1880's. A good heavy breed but slower to grow than some breeds before surpassing them in weight and size. They are slow to mature and have a poor feed/weight conversion, which explains why they aren’t popular as a commercial broiler, although they were popular in the late 1800’s for chickens for meat. It is the largest of the dual purpose chicken and eventually excels as a meat chicken and a fairly good laying hen. When grown the black feathers take on a green sheen within the black color. These chickens were admitted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1922 and both varieties (whites and blacks) are noted for willow colored or nearly black legs and toes. We offer this chicken breed in a production line and not a show line.
Newbie notes: There are some white feathers in their 1st and 2nd stage feathering which is normal but by the 6th month they are solid black feathers.
We also offer at limited times of the year Black Jersey Giant Fertile Hatching Eggs
Availability Table coming soon. In the meantime, check out the Master Availability Table
PLEASE NOTE: Availability chart is updated weekly and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
In the checkout process, please indicate in the comment section your desired hatch/ship date with desired month or ASAP.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: American Class
- Weights: Hen----10 lbs Rooster------13 lbs
Pullet----8 lbs Cockerel-----11 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Primary production, Egg Laying & Pet/Secondary meat source
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Egg Production: 180-260 eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Docile
- Gender Accuracy: 80-85%
- Fertility Percentage: 65-80%
- Broody: Setter
- Mating Ratio: 9 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: United States, New Jersey
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the Standard of Perfection
- ALBC: Watch Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed.
- Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline/strain of production type (non exhibition type) Black Jersey Giant since 1979.
Hatching eggs Review by Fanixon
Received 12 hatching eggs, all in great condition. 10 out of 12 hatched and are now healthy at 2 months old (Posted on 4/23/2019)
Have show winners from Cackle Review by Jerry
My Rooster got best in Show and class. I also got best in class for 1 of my hens. (Posted on 2/14/2019)
Very Satisfied Review by Sue Pennsylvania
I ordered 28 chicks, received 2 free. All 30 arrived very healthy and at three months old now doing great! Highly recommend! (Posted on 8/8/2018)
Love my Jerseys Review by Okcowboy
I ordered my chicks and have not had any problems with them. They are all growing and healthy. They follow me like a puppy and are very friendly. (Posted on 5/29/2018)
You made our Family whole again. Review by Justin
We had a weasel sneak into our outdoor brooder and kill 17 White Leghorns that were 8 weeks old. The loss was horrendous, and compounded by the fact that they were hatched by my youngest daughter's first grade class. We sat down as a family, and the seven of us narrowed it down to four breeds for a new batch of chickens. 3 Black Jersey Giants Females and 2 Males, 3 Black Laced Golden Wyandottes F , 3 Dominiques F, and 6 Easter Eggers F. We have an existing adult flock of 10 mixxed Isa Browns, White Leghorn, and Easter Eggers, all Female. We ordered two days before a hatch date. We received our chicks two days later delivered to our door, after they got kicked out of the post office for being too loud. 23 chicks in wonderful shape; an extra male Giant, 2 extra female giants, 1 extra female Wyandotte, and 2 extra Easter Egger females. We dipped little beaks in water and its been balls full out since then. 100% survival at 6 days old!!! Perfect total flock ratio of 3 males and 30 females(Barring any surprise roosters). My kids are happy, my wife is happy, and I am very happy. If every online purchase was this satisfying I might never go to another brick and mortar store again. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Cackle. You have our business for life. (Posted on 5/29/2018)
Great dealing with Cackle Review by Jerry
My chicks got lost at the post office. After finally getting thrm home I had a few deaths but after contacting Cackle they gave me hint on saving the remaining chicks. The ones that arrived alive have all lived and are spunky as ever. At less than a week old they are becoming escape artist. They escape thier pool and snuggle with my dogs. I have a female Borzoi and he might have 10 to 16 chicks sleeping on her at anytime. They were very spot on on replacing the deceased chicks. Will continue to do business with Cackle and refer them to anyone looking chickens. (Posted on 4/11/2018)
Im happy Review by Jostaley
Me and my brother got our giants yesterday and they were all healthy except one which we lost. The rest are doing just fine and are eating and drinking very well. I am definitely pleased with my order. (Posted on 3/15/2018)
Got my Chicks! Review by Alexa
Got my baby chicks this morning! All healthy, all doing fantastic! The tracking for my package was spot on with much appreciated detail. I got my chicks shipped to Hawaii which has additional fees and you have to have a higher minimum of birds and it was totally 100% worth it. I will be using your service in the future and will be recommending it to others. Thank you so very much! (Posted on 10/30/2017)
HATCHERY Review by HAROLD TEXAS 2017
The chicks arrived in great shape and I am very pleased with both of my orders from you. It has been a pleasure, thanks for the great service. I will order again. (Posted on 6/6/2017)
just received Review by greg
Just got my chicks, and they are doing great! We live in NY and it's been cold and snowy for March. They were a little sluggish when I got then home, but once they got under the heat lamp, They woke up. Eating and drinking and running all over. Very health and I will surely buy more from your company.
Thank you (Posted on 3/17/2017)
Happy with my order Review by D-Rob
Got my black jersey giants on 6- 16- 16. Order 15 got 17. Beautiful healthy balls of energy. It was so much fun to watch them catching bugs drawn in by their heat light last night. Thanks Cackle Hatchery for the quality of the birds. (Posted on 6/18/2016)
Very impressed!!!!! Review by Michelle
I got my chicks 3 days ago. I lost one in transport and I emailed telling them I lost one. They called me the day I emailed to make sure the rest of my chicks were okay. Very impressive! I love that quality of my chicks and will order again! (Posted on 6/12/2016)
The Black Jersey Giants Review by trapper444
I ordered 25 pullets & 3 roosters from Cackle & when they started growing there were 7 roosters OOPS!! hey no one is perfect & if that wasn't bad enough someone stole 7 of them while i was cutting a load of wood with my brother i still have 15 beautiful pullets i ordered them back in mid May & they are 7 months old now & they are starting to lay i got 6 yesterday . The Black Jersey Giants are one of the most beautiful chickens that green sheen when the sun shines on them I would recommend them to any chicken owners . Now mine are 7 months old & they are much bigger than my brother's Road Island Reds & his will be 2 yrs old in June They are LARGE CHICKENS The Black Jersey Giants are my # 1 breed of all time I love mine Hope my review helps someone to go with the Black Jersey Giants (Posted on 12/19/2015)
Thank you Soooooo Much Review by John Missouri April 2014
I can't begin to tell you how overwhelmed and grateful we are for the Black Jersey Giants chicks we received today! In fact we are still excited about our trip to the hatchery last month and refer it often. My nephew recently won 3rd place in his schools Science Fair. (Posted on 11/18/2015)
Satisfied Customer Review by Chris Connecticut July 2010
I know you guys are busy so I will keep it short. It has been 9 weeks since I received my Jersey Giant Chicks. I would like you to know I am extremely satisfied with them. They are good stock. They are as healthy as can be. They grow so fast for a slow growing breed. I compare my girls to others who raise Jersey Giants from different web forums. Mine are always bigger and healthier looking than much older pullets. I am always being told what good quality birds I have. I will always recommend cackle to anyone who wants great quality poultry. Thanks! (Posted on 11/16/2015)
Chick Arrivals Review by Mark New York April 2014
Greetings from upstate New York and the Adirondack Mountains. Just a quick note to advise you our order of Buckeyes, Barred Rock and Jersey Giants arrived this morning. All chicks appear healthy and vigorous especially the Buckeyes who are non-stop balls of energy! Thanks for the experience. (Posted on 11/9/2015)
Thanks Review by Ed, California May 2011
Just wanted to let you know the chicks arrived safely this morning and all had eaten and had a drink within the first 15 minutes out of the box. They have been in the brooder for several hours now and are doing great! Thanks you for the great chicks, including the extras. (Posted on 11/4/2015)