The Jersey Giant is a breed of chicken originating in the United States in the late 19th century by John and Thomas Black. They are named for their state of origin, New Jersey and their large size. Jersey Giants are the largest purebred chicken breed. Cocks average 13 lbs. and hens 11 lbs. The Black Jersey Giants were pronounced a breed in 1922 by the American Standard of Perfection. Their lineage includes were produced by crossing Black Javas, Black Langshans, and Dark Brahmas. White Jersey Giants arrived many years later during the year 1947. The Black Jersey Giants are averaging a pound heavier than the White Jersey Giants. For a time, they were raised as capons and as broilers by the meat industry, they grow much slower than today's more common meat birds, and are thus not widely used in the industry any longer. Jersey Giants went extinct in Australia in the 1950s, only a few decades after they were introduced to Australia. They lay extra-large brown to dark brown eggs, and lay fairly well for being a large breed. There is also a newer color variation known as the Blue Jersey Giants. Jersey Giants are extremely friendly, as they are good with pets, they like people, and the cocks are rarely aggressive.
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