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.
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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