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Delaware Chickens

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Delaware History

Originally called Indian Rivers, this rare breed was developed in 1940 by George Ellis in Delaware, USA from a cross between Barred Plymouth Rock males and New Hampshire females. Mating a Delaware female with a New Hampshire or Rhode Island Red male will result in a sex linked chick. They were, at one time, the most popular broiler chicken in America and remain a popular dual-purpose bird as they are productive egg producers. They are predominantly white birds with some black barring on the tail and neck hackle. They possess a single comb and are virtually unknown outside the USA and are considered rare within North America

Delaware Behaviour

The Delaware is a calm, friendly, fast maturing chicken which is robust and both heat and cold hardy. They lay well, producing a good number of brown eggs and will continue to lay throughout the winter too but they can become broody. They are adaptable birds, happy to be confined within a run or free ranging. Cocks can weigh around 8lbs while hens average 6lbs.

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Latest Reviews For Delaware (3 of 3)

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Super Friendly - Moi,

This breed is absolutely adorable and super friendly. I have found my Delawares to be by far the most playful and interesting among a group of Delawares and New Hampshire Reds.

Excellent Bird - Kathie,

I have kept Delaware hens for 2 years now and cannot find any negative about them. They lay very well and consistently, they enjoy human interaction, are friendly and not aggressive. They are large heavy birds, heat or cold do not seem to bother them and are beautiful to look at. You can't go wrong with these great birds.

Most Excellent Chicken - Joe,

We have have owned pure Delawares for several years. I am constantly amazed at the egg productivity of this breed. I have not found them to be prone to broodiness and with reasonable care find the hens lay rate excellent, near 90% or better. They tend to decline slightly after about 2.5 years and as older hens. The eggs are extra large and they are a mild mannered chicken, very hardy from hatching right on through maturity. With the strain I have I occasionally get an off colored (red) chick. They are excellent foragers.