An American breed, Black Jersey Giants were developed by brothers, John and Thomas Black. The brothers were from New Jersey, as the name “Jersey Giant” indicates. The brothers original intent was to develop a breed that would rival the turkey as a roasting bird. At that time, the Broad Breasted varieties of turkeys did not yet exist.
The breed was used for commercial production for a short time, but the fact that it takes longer than some other breeds to reach maturity made it impractical for industrial use. In reality, Jersey Giants grow at about the same rate as other breeds, it just takes longer for them to mature because they are so much bigger than most other breeds. The Jersey Giant is the largest pure breed of chicken in existence.
March 19th, 2019
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