The Jersey Giant is the world's largest chicken and are classified as rare.
These large docile birds need a lot of space but will tolerate confinement, they are unable to fly so boundaries do not have to be particularly high to keep them confined.
They are strong, robust birds, are hardy in a cold weather, are calm and gentle and they will tolerate each other well.
The hens lay around 160 brown eggs a year. Cocks will reach an average of 13lbs in weight while the females are around 10lbs.
They go broody and the hens make very protective mothers if they succeed in hatching the eggs. Because of their large size they have a tendency to break the eggs or crack the shells when getting on or off the nest. For this reason the eggs are best hatched by another breed.
The chicks are slow growing; unlike other breeds they grow bone first, developing their large frame in the first 6 months. They then begin to flesh out and the hens begin to lay at about 7 - 8 months.
They make good pets for bigger children, but aren't suitable for smaller children because of their great size.
They are thought to have been bred from crosses of Orpingtons, Dark Brahmas, Black Javas and Black Langshans. The Black variety was the first to be developed, followed by the White in the mid-20th Century, which is a sport of the Black. The Blue laced variety is a more modern introduction and is the most beautiful.
They are enormous birds, well built with a long deep breast and this build is described as brick shaped. Their featherless legs are black with a green sheen, the undersides of the feet are yellow unlike the Australorps, which have white soles. The eyes are dark brown and they have a single bright red comb, long wattles and ear lobes.