I haven’t mentioned how all the chickens are doing lately. So I thought for those of you interested in the Black Java breed, I would give you a quick update. If your not you might still enjoy the cute pictures and background of this interesting (to me) story. You can read about it here:
The hatching of the first Black Java
My suspition of them being Mottled
Stewie and Dumpling, the Javas. They were hatched here on Easter morning. I had ordered and wanted Black Java. In looking at what they looked like as chicks I thought them to be mottled Java.
The 2 on the left are the Java Stewie & Dumpling. The 2 on the right are White Crested Black Polish chicks.
As they feathered out I still thought them to be Mottled Java, and so did everyone else.
Stewie and Dumpling growing new feathers. See those nice black legs and white feather growing in?
But to look at them today, they could be the Black Java I wanted or indeed the Mottled with no mottles on them. They are solid black, loosely feathered birds with a green sheen to their feathers in the light. They also have the black legs with the yellow soles on their feet. So now I don’t know what to think.
Stewie and Dumpling looking very black.
Stewie-The white on him in this photo is dust from tossing feed to him.
I hatched more 4 weeks ago, again black Java. I ended up with 2 Black Java. Looking just like Black Java chicks should.
Looking like Black Java chicks should.
I haven’t decided about one of them yet. It is quite a character and a favorite of the barn yard by all who visit. I think it’s because it is so tiny and odd looking that it hasn’t feathered out completely yet. It’s only about 1/2 the size of the others the same age. This one has been named “Tiny-4-Toes”. It is very active, healthy and keeps up with the rest.
Tiny-4-Toes, Black Java chick. The white butts are the Delaware chicks.
So here is what my friend the chicken farmer thinks. Since the Black Java were the main variety left just a few years ago, the breeding from those Black Java produced the Mottled by bring out recessed genes of the Mottled from the Black. He thinks Stewie and Dumpling were breed to be Mottled but the Black genetics are dominate in these 2 birds, quite possible 2 eggs from the same set of breeding birds. That in the future off spring from these birds will be black, white and mottled it will depend on the bird.
So his answer to my question if these could be breeding birds, his answer is both yes and no. Depending if I want to weed out the mottled in the future. He also told me since the stock for Black Java so limited this is probably what all the breeders are doing at the moment taking what they can get and going from there with further breeding. He said this is how the newer Auburn color came back. He thinks the Java will just continue to produce all varieties of colors including the white.
As for my decision on keeping Stewie and Dumpling as breeding Black Java I haven’t made that decision yet. If they were to simply increase the size of the flock here they would do just fine. They are good size, agreeable, good foragers and healthy. But for breeding Black Java, I don’t know. Do they fit the standards for Black Java? So many questions to be answered first.
Any one have any thoughts on this?