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Date:4/18/2014 1:16:25 AM
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Thanks for the welcome!
Hi, thanks for the welcome. Love your photos!

Java chickens are friendly and they are good foragers. I've got young ones eating grasshopers that are 4 inches long without a problem. (the whole reason we got chickens after several years of gardening work destroyed by hoppers)

A lot of the old (100+yr old) literaure that I have read on them note that they take well to confinement. I've found this to be true. We have chicken tractors for the chickens, due to predators, and our Javas have been fine with being in a chicken tractor. Since it has gotten so hot, they would rather stay in the coop rather than go into the run during the day (the coop insulated and stays cooler than inside). Even with them staying inside almost all day, I have not had any problems with cannibalism like some people complain about when their chickens stay inside.

Javas were bred for dual purpose - meat and eggs - and everything that I can find on them, including in books dating to the late 1800s, note that Javas lay well for large, dual purpose birds. I've gotten info from some Java owners in Minnesota, and they have told me that even with the very cold temps and snow, their Javas have continued to lay well in the winter without needing extra light. Mine have not yet started laying so I don't have an actual tally on egg numbers.

Javas were also considered one of the best meat birds in the late 1800s.

We have Mottleds and Blacks, along with some of the non-recognized colors showing up. So we'll be breeding at least 3 colors if not more.
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