The Jersey Giant is a breed of chicken which originated in the United States in the late 19th century. They were created by John and Thomas Black. The breed was created with the intent to replace the turkey as the kind of poultry used primarily for meat at that time. Named for their state of origin (New Jersey) and their large size, Jersey Giants are the largest chicken breed. Cocks average 13 lbs. and hens 11 lbs.
Jersey Giants lay extra large brown to dark brown eggs, and lay fairly well for being a large breed. There is a newer color variation known as the Blue Jersey Giant. Jersey Giants are extremely friendly and are good with pets and people. The cocks are rarely aggressive.
- Weight: Roosters: 11 to 15 pounds
- Hens 9 to 11 pounds
- Height: Roosters: 23 – 26 inches
- Hens 16-20 inches
- Diet: crushed corn
- Lifespan: up to 10 years