The Jersey Giant is a breed of chicken that originated in the United States in the late 19th century, developed by John and Thomas Black. It is named after the state of its geographic origin – New Jersey.
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This particular breed is a cross of Black Javas, Black Langshans and the Dark Brahmas. The Jersey Giant, evident from the name, is considered to be the largest purebred chicken with an average weight of 13 lbs for the roster and 11 lbs for the hens. The Black breed of this chicken is only a pound heavier than the White breed. Its eggs (brown to dark brown in color) are extra large in size color.
This breed of chicken tends to be the replacement of the turkey as the primary poultry meat in the US. For a time, it was raised as capons and as broiler by the meat industry but since they grow much slower than today’s more common bird meat, they are the least used breed in the meat industry today.