Mottle Java hens

Mottle Java hens ~ an amazing dual-purpose hen

Premier Homesteading Fowl

The Java is considered the second oldest breed of chicken developed in America. Its may have possibly originated from the Far East isle of Java. Sources differ on the time of origin of the Java, but the breed was known to be in existence in America sometime between 1835 and 1850.

Mottle Java Rooster ~ a keen sentinel and vital protection for free-ranging hens

Mottled Javas have very intense red eye color, and their feathering is black with splashes, or mottles, of white

The Java is a premiere homesteading fowl, having the ability to do well when given free range. While slower in rate of growth compared to some more modern breeds, the Java was noted for the production of meat during the mid 1800s.

A Breed Worth Preserving

At the Old Crowe Farm we raise Javas as part of the Livestock Conservancy (TLC) Java Chicken Recovery Program. The goal of this program is to use established breeding and selection protocols that will assist in recovering breed production characteristics for Java chicken (Black, White, Mottled, Auburn) using a pasture raised system of husbandry. Central to this project is the objective to restore the Java to the breed standard; identify and select for the 4 distinct color types; select for the rate of growth without compromising physical health, fertility, or the breed standard; while producing a quality dual purpose bird (meat production and egg production).

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Java is a premiere homesteading fowl and thrive when given free range

Java is a premiere homesteading fowl and thrive when given free range

Mottle Java hens lay lite brown eggs and are noted for meat during mid-1800s

Mottle Java hens lay lite brown eggs and are noted for meat during mid-1800s

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Mottle Java Rooster ~ a keen sentinel and vital protection for free-ranging hens

The legs of the Mottled Java are a broken leaden-blue with yellow soles

Legs of the Mottled Java are a broken leaden-blue with yellow soles

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