Black Java History 1887

Black Javas, with their long broad and deep body, full breast, a brilliant black plumage, with that beautiful green shading so desirable, combined with their large size, quick maturity, hardiness and beauty, commend them to the most fastidious fancier.

Their combs are single and rather small, face and wattles bright red; shanks black, approaching willow with age, and free from feathers,  The bottom of their feet are yellow, corresponding with the color of their skin.

When served on the table their flesh does not have that objectionable dark color common to the Spanish and some other breeds; but is equal to the Plymouth Rocks in every particular.

Javas, like all black fowl, show occasionally a white feather, and they are not exempt from crooked combs but they breed less faults than most of the standard breeds.

Notwithstanding their vitality and activity, which is rarely equalled and never surpassed by fowls of equal size, no high fence is needed to keep them within bounds.

While adapted to the farmer, who gives his fowls free range and good quarters, and desires the most profit in egg and flesh, they are also adapted to him who has only a small yard and desires a combination of beauty and utility and does not want a kind that is always in his neighbor’s yard.

Black Javas are prolific layers winter and summer of large dark shelled eggs.  The standard weights are as follows:  Cock 10 lbs; cockerel 8 1/2 lbs.; hen 8 lbs.; pullet 6 1/2 lbs.

For the accompanying fine cut, we are indebted to that veteran Java breeder. J. Y. Bicknell.

Very Truly Yours,

Gardiner Bros.

Danielsonville, Ct., Feb. 25, 1887