Chicken Breed Profile

Courtesy American Livestock Breeds Conservancy


Developed in America during the mid-1800s from chickens of Far Eastern descent, the Java chicken was bred for both meat and egg production. The chicken breed comes in both standard and bantam sizes and is available in two color varieties: black and mottled. The Java chicken’s body type is distinctive, giving it a rectangular appearance and a sloping backline. The breed is listed as Threatened by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

Weight: 7 to 8 pounds

Urban Uses: The Java is a dual-purpose chicken, providing both meat and eggs.

Egg Size: Medium

Second Thoughts: The Java does best when allowed to free-range.

Breed Association: American Poultry Association, Java Breeders of America

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