10 Largest Chickens In The World You Never Knew Existed

Chickens have been around for about 10,000 years and humans are still using them for a variety of reasons to this day. They are very interesting animals with admittedly many different breeds. There are a large number of different breeds of chickens that each have distinct qualities. Today, we will talk about the largest chicken breeds in the world.

#1: Jersey Giant Chicken

The largest chicken in the world is the Jersey Giant. These giant birds are native to New Jersey in the northeastern United States and can weigh up to 13 pounds. It was created in the late 19th century by John and Thomas Black, with the specific purpose of replacing turkey as the most popular poultry meat at the time. The brothers created an impressive breed by crossing Black Javas, Black Langshans and Dark Brahmas, three other large breeds, and for a time achieved their goal of creating an alternative to turkey meat. Jersey Giant cocks average 20-26 inches tall and weigh 13-15 pounds. Hens are no less with a height of 14-20 inches (about more than 50 cm) and a weight of 10-12 pounds (about more than 5kg).

The Jersey Giant is considered the largest purebred chicken in the world.

Their coloration is usually black, white or blue and they are known to layer especially well during the winter months. The hens lay large brown eggs and make excellent mothers despite their large size.

# Brahma Chicken

The Brahma chicken usually weighs about 12 pounds and is native to the Americas. The Brahma holds the record as the heaviest known breed but on average the breed is slightly smaller than the Jersey Giant. The Brahma rooster can grow up to 30 in (76.2 cm) tall and weigh about 12 lb (5.4 kg). basil was bred from chicken breeds of China and India in the 19th century. The main purpose of the Brahma chicken was as a source of meat. They are also very docile and are nicknamed the ‘King of Chickens’ due to their regal appearance.

Brahma Chicken

Brahmas come in three known colors – white with a black neck and tail, buff with a black neck and tail, and dark gray with a mix of black and white neck and black tail. They have a thick coat of fur that covers their entire body, including their legs and feet, which helps them stay warm during the cold months.

# Dong Tao chicken

Dong Tao chicken is also known as a dragon chicken because of its exceptionally large legs, which can be as big as a human wrist and covered with red scales. They are a rare breed of chicken from the Dong Tao region of Vietnam and can weigh up to 12 pounds. Dong Tao chickens have long been considered a rare breed of purebred chickens of Vietnam, often used to advance to the king in ancient times, now they are a specialty only for the rich, there are even beauty contest dedicated to Dong Tao chicken.

Dong Tao

#Cochin chicken

Originating from China, Cochin chicken was originally known as Shanghai chicken. Around 1845, they entered Great Britain and America. They can grow up to an average weight of about 5-10 lb (2.2-4.5 kg). Roosters often look larger than their actual size due to the large amount of feathers.

Cochin chicken

Cochin chickens were bred for their looks rather than their meat. The Cochin’s thick plumage can be light or dark with red earlobes, ticks, and a five-pointed comb. They can survive in extreme cold conditions thanks to the thick fur they have. They make great pets because of their friendly nature.

# Chicken Cornish

Cornish chickens, sometimes also called Indian fighting cocks, originated in Cornwall in the UK and are now also popular in Australia and the US. Cornish chicken is quite popular in the commercial meat industry. This breed has two different types called Cornish game and Jubilee Cornish game. Weighing around 10.5 pounds, Cornish chickens are short-legged but stocky with large breasts and are usually black or dark brown in color.

Chicken Cornish

Their fur is quite thin and fluffy which makes them susceptible to colds and thus can affect spawning and hatching rates during the colder months. While they are ideal for table meat production, they are poor laying hens and only lay about 80 eggs per year.
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