Active, Friendly, Curious

Recognized Color Varieties

  • Mottled

  • Black

Breed Traits

Because of its superior ability to forage, consuming up to 50% less feed than most other breeds, the Java is an exceptional breed choice for homesteaders. Also, due to its size, it’s an excellent bird for meat as well as eggs. 

Breed History

Second only to the Dominique, the Java is one of the oldest chickens developed in America. There is evidence of the Java as far back as 1835, though it's possible it may have been in development much earlier than that. It was admitted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1883. The Java has been used in breeding some of our other favorite All-American breeds such as the Rhode Island Red, Jersey Giant, and Plymouth Rock. Unfortunately, the popularity of these newer breeds has caused breed conservationists some alarm with respects to the Java. 

Quick Facts

Peak Egg Production

Decent: Approx 150

Egg Size


Egg Color


Tolerant of Confinement


Cold Hardy


Heat Tolerant




American Poultry Association


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