Day Old White Jersey Giant Baby Chicks
Hatching February to July.
Why not add some baby Jersey White Giant chickens to your backyard flock? These gentle giants are a great bird to have around. They are friendly, smart and gorgeous. They are a favorite at shows as well.
Cold is not a problem with the Jersey Giants. They are fine with it, and in fact are noted and admired for being very hardy birds. They do tend to eat a lot but you have to expect that with large birds who want to stay warm.
Production: The Jersey White Giants are great to have if you want your eggs extra-large. Their eggs range in color from medium tan to dark brown. They are good, solid egg producers.
Temperament: Jersey Giants are noted for their easygoing temperaments. These birds are not aggressive at all, and are friendly with children and adults. In fact, if you want to let your children learn hands on about the joyful work involved with backyard chickens, this is the breed you want to have.
History: The Jersey Giant is an American breed that was started by brothers John and Thomas Black in the 19th century. Their goal was to replace the turkey as meat poultry. That's why they bred these birds to be so large. In fact, the Jersey Giant takes the award for being the largest purebred chicken breed in the entire world.
The Black brothers began breeding these chickens in New Jersey in the 1880s. The chicks tend to be slow growers, so don't worry that anything is wrong. Eventually, your baby Jersey White Giant chickens are going to outgrow all the other chickens.
Color Description: Jersey Giants come in white, black and blue. The chicks hatch wearing a tuxedo of color, with smokey blue or black all along their bodies, and a yellow stripe underneath. Black chicks will grow to be black, while the smokey colored chicks will grow up to be white Jersey Giants.
Status: The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy Conservation lists the Jersey Giant's status as watch. Watch status is in-between threatened and recovering.
Body Type: The Jersey Giant is a big bird that starts off slow. Their muscles start to build around their ninth month, and from then on it is slow and steady progress. They will reach their full size by the time they are 24 months old.
Standard Weights: Rooster 13 lbs, Hen 10 lbs, Cockerel 11 lbs, Pullet 8 lbs