Being that it is Easter, and spring fever is in abundance here, it was only fitting that I ended up bringing 8 more chicks home to the flock. These are special chicks, and are the first heritage breed to take residence on my little homestead. They are week old Mottled Java chickens, and are generally very rare, and have a very interesting history as far as chickens go.
Java’s are supposed to be an excellent table bird. They are listed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as threatened, which means there are less than 1,000 breeding birds in the United States, and 5,000 world wide. They are an efficient dual purpose bird, with a good feed to weight ratio, but may not be as hardy in colder weather as the Buckeye. I guess my quest for the perfect dual purpose, large egg laying, good meat weight, attractive, friendly, calm, hardy and thrifty chicken breed has officially begun.
Here is a good comparison chart listing stats on each breed. Dual purpose heritage breeds I will be investing in the future, are the attractive jumbo egg laying, large meaty Delaware, the Buckeye, and the flashy olive colored egg laying Copper Marans. I’m also interested in Jersey Giants for their large size and jumbo eggs.
|The new Java’s. They are very cute and sweet and seem to
be doing well in their hutch under the heat lamp.
|This hutch is covered on several sides to help retain heat.
Hatchlings are susceptable to drafts until fully fledged. They
must be kept seperate from the larger hens to avoid being
pecked to death.
|The Shibas know there is something interesting inside.|