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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.
- Poultry Show Class: American
- Weights: Hen----10 lbs Rooster------13 lbs
Pullet----8 lbs Cockerel-----11 lbs
- Purpose: Dual Purpose: Egg laying and meat production
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Egg Production: 180-260 eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
- 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.
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)