Since before we had the farm (pre-2011) I have always dreamed of raising and breeding a flock of java chickens. I always thought that it was so interesting that the Java is a very old breed that was extremely plentiful in America, but was literally nearly wiped out by the public demand for a faster growing meat bird. The Garfield Museum in Illinois, with the help of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, developed a program to repopulate the Java breed of chicken. (When you visit the chick hatching exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, those are JAVAS!) The Java breed has bounced back somewhat due to their efforts, but it is still endangered and rare. Twin Willows Farm will be joining the effort to preserve this rare heritage breed. We have just ordered 15 black java chicks to become our new breeding flock. I am so excited for them to arrive and to have this dream finally come to fruition!
How to Get Started Raising Goats
by Erica Hopkins