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October 2013 Vol. 2

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October 2013
Vol. 2

The Jersey Black Giants
U. L. Meloney

The Jersey Black Giants were originated nearly one hundred and fifty years ago by two brothers, John and Thomas Black, who lived near Jobstown, N. J. The cross consisted of Black Java, Black Langshan and Dark Brahma. Years were taken to get the birds to breed true to color, eliminate feathers from the legs and get the yellow skin color of the Java and Brahma. They had been bred for years in the southern part of New Jersey but only a few farmers kept them true to type, color and etc.; some using other male birds and in later cases introduced the Dark Cornish into them - even though there was no Cornish in America when the breed was originated.

Many who breed the Jersey Black Giants claim them to be fully equal to any of the heavy breeds as a laying type and superior as a market fowl and in this we can state frankly, from our many years handling dressed poultry, they have no equal as a market bird such as soft roasters, fowl, pullet and last but not least as a capon. Many without any special feeding reaching fourteen pounds and over each just given the range of the farm.

The birds are single comb, black feathered with lustrous green-black plumage, great deep and full bodies, dress golden yellow and while large have fine grain, rich yellow meat that is soft. They lay large brown eggs ranging considerably above the average usually called for which is, namely, twenty-six ounces to the dozen.


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Keeping Chickens Newsletter - Published October 2013 by www.Self-Sufficient-Life.com