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Standard Varieties of Chickens:

Javas


This variety is the oldest of the American class, and at one time was considered the most profitable of all breeds. At present they are not raised extensively; the more modern or newer breeds have seemingly supplanted their favoritism. There is no reason why this should be so, as they are practical and good general-purpose fowls. In size they are about like the Plymouth Rocks, but differ in general symmetry and appearance. They are good layers and do well in winter, and for table purposes they make nice eating. They mature early, are good sitters and mothers, and are easily kept in confinement.

FIG. 7. - Pair of Black Javas.
FIG. 8. - Mottled Java hen.

There are three varieties of Javas; Black, Mottled, and White. The Black (fig. 7) is more generally seen than the others, though the Mottled have of late years been very numerously represented at the shows. The plumage of the Blacks is glossy black throughout; the Mottled (fig. 8) are of broken black and white in wings, tail, and sickles, and the balance of the plumage is evenly intermixed with white and black; the White Java is, as the name implies, pure white throughout. They have a small single comb, standing upright on the head in both male and female. Their shanks and toes are free from feathers, yellow in color, with the bottom of feet yellow.

The standard weight of cocks is 9 pounds (4.3 kg); hens, 7 pounds (3.4 kg); cockerels, 8 pounds (3.6 kg); and pullets, 6 pounds (2.9 kg).




FOR FURTHER READING...

Visit the Oklahoma State University Department of Animal Science's Poultry Breeds pages. The Java page contains further information about this breed's history.

Please note: These links point to pages that are being served off of the Oklahoma State University's web server, which is not part of the Chickscope project. Because of this, the pages may be missing or corrupted, and control of this is generally out of the hands of the Chickscope development team.

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