A Family Farm in Alpine, TX
Jersey Giant Chickens
Jersey Giant Chickens are a heritage breed. Their Livestock Conservancy status is "Watch." Sweeney Farm raises the Blue-Black-Splash color group of Jersey Giants. We sell eggs at the local farmers markets.
The Jersey Giant chicken was developed between 1870 and 1890 by John and Thomas Black in Burlington County, near the town of Jobstown, New Jersey. As its name implies, these typically mellow chickens are impressive in size with mature roosters weighing 13 pounds and the mature hens weighing 10 pounds, making them the largest purebred chicken breed.
The original intention of the Black brothers was to create a chicken that could potentially replace the turkey as a premium table bird. During the breed’s development, Black Javas, Black Langshans, and Dark Brahmas were used to try and reach this objective. Around 1895 the term “Giant” was used in reference to the breed, and they became known as “Black Giants” in honor of their creators (not because of their color.) The name was later changed to “Jersey Giant” by Dexter P. Upham of Belmar, New Jersey, in honor of the state of origin. Mr. Upham was an early breeder interested in improving Black Giants. In 1921, the American Association of Jersey Black Giant Breeders Clubs was created and the name “Jersey Giant” was officially adopted for the breed by the group. The standard developed for the birds included a gigantic frame, single comb, yellow skin color, relatively rapid maturity, good vigor, and fine foraging ability. The Jersey Giant was recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) in 1922. Today Jersey Giants are accepted in the APA Standard of Perfection in three color varieties – black, white, or blue.
The Blue Giants as
we know them today originated in 1981
near Bern Kansas, USA on the farm of
Mrs. R. E. (Golda) Miller. Mrs. Miller
had been raising Jersey Giants for more
than 40 years and had been recognized
for many years as the premier breeder of
Black and White Jersey Giants.
Jersey Giants are
dual purpose chickens, but they excel as
a meat bird with their great body size.
They are well-suited to producing very
fine and large capons. The young birds
grow relatively quickly but take time to
fill out their hefty frame to produce a
marketable bird – most take up to 8–9
months to reach a harvestable size with
good body proportions. They are an
excellent roasting bird when fully
Sweeney Farm Jersey Giant chickens free range in their fenced pasture.
The Jersey Giant chickens roost at night in their heated house. The house has roll up doors on the east and south sides and windows up high for good ventilation in the summer. From the day they are born they eat only organic feed. Happy and healthy chickens lay yummy eggs that are good for you!
Sweeney Farm is located outside the city of
Alpine in far West Texas.
We offer our organic eggs for sale as available at the farmer's markets in Alpine and Marfa.
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