an album of most of my Black Javas here.
|Malcolm with the laying flock (non-Black Java hens are shown)|
Finally, Black Javas have a great personality--calm, somewhat aloof, and disinterested in conflict with other birds, as a rule. They stick together better than any of my birds, and roosters are most often gentlemanly and protective. I have a whole post on the merits of Malcolm, my BJ chief, in fact. Good roosters have a near-holiness about them that is hard to explain if you've never had the pleasure of being around one, or if your thoughts about roosters were formed from a traumatic experience with a bad roo.
So, if they're so great, why are they endangered? Would you believe that corporate food production is the answer? A kind of chicken breed "monoculture" sprang up, with the industry focusing on just a handful of breeds to the exclusion of all others. Yet BJs were extremely important in the development of those breeds. Wikipedia says, "The Java is a key foundation breed for the American class of chickens, having contributed significantly to major modern fowl such as the Jersey Giant, Rhode Island Red and Plymouth Rock. They are also likely to be the source of the yellow skin in contemporary Dominiques, which once had white skin."
I'm proud to be maintaining a small breeding flock, keeping records, and getting birds out to folks as often as possible. The Black Javas are nearly gone.
|Yellow feet are required for showing BJs.|
If you are looking for a stable, hardy, sustainable backyard flock, consider Black Javas. I will have hatching eggs available to ship all over the United States come Spring, and day old chicks for sale locally (only).
|Black Javas foraging|