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They were used as a foundation bird for the establishment of other breeds such as the Black Jersey Giant, Barred Plymouth Rock, and the Black Australorp.
However, by the early 's, the Java was in decline, and by , they had nearly disappeared from farm yards, replaced by their faster growing descendants. By the 's, the Javas had almost disappeared entirely from the American rural landscape, and were only preserved at a lone hatchery and in the hands of under a half dozen private breeders. Luckily, the plight of the Java was recognized, and The Livestock Conservancy joined in the fight to save these magnificent historical birds from becoming just another footnote to factory farming. The Java Recovery Project has been instituted, and Dot Ranch is a participant in raising and breeding Mottled Java's for this conservation effort.
These heritage breed birds are far too valuable for both their beauty, their place in our unique American history, and as an integral part of the biodiversity of modern domesticated birds to be forgotten or lost. Here at Dot Ranch, we raise Mottled Javas in much the same sort of homesteading conditions in which they were originally bred. During the winter, we collect eggs for the incubator, and during key parts of summer, we allow our hens to go broody and naturally hatch their eggs. By preserving these mothering instincts, we're ensuring that this breed remains able to reproduce without human intervention, a key requirement in The Livestock Conservancy's definition of a heritage chicken.
Our birds are selected not only for their physical traits and adherence to the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection, but also for their overall fitness, temperament, and longevity. It is typical for our hens to continue to lay for upwards of 5 years, and we never allow roosters with human aggression to breed. This is particularly important since homesteads tend to be family driven, and the last thing any parent wants is to see their child come inside with the long, angry scratches from a rooster's spurs.
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While our Mottled Java's are very slow maturing, typically not reaching laying age until months, and usually not ready for the table before 7 months, they're very productive egg layers. Because they're a hardier bird, they don't require heating lamps in the winter, and will actually lay all around the year with just a bit of supplemental lighting from a regular CF light bulb.
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For the table, we do recommend feeding them a higher protein ration than what feed stores typically provide, because it assists their growth rate considerably. Not all ancient breeds are threatened or endangered, in fact, one of the oldest domesticated animals in the world is also among the most plentiful: Muscovy ducks. These multi-purpose ducks provide eggs, meat, jewelry grade feathers, and an invaluable service: parasite, slug, and fly control.
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The production levels are lower than what is commonly found in the Swiss breeds but the milk is higher in butter fat and proteins which make it an excellent choice for cheese making. The breed is used primarily for milk production.
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Its coloration varies from cream to brown and the breed is typically horned. The Golden Guernsey was used in the development of the English Guernsey. Golden Guernsey Goat Society.