Delaware

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Pros: inquisitive, friendly, beautiful

Cons: none

Last year, I decided I needed some chickens.  I bought three breeds....Delawares, Speckled Sussex and Blue Lace Red Wyandottes.  They were raised together.  Of the three, the Delawares are the only breed I will continue with.  They are interesting, inquisitive and intelligent.  They are friendly with my grandson and lay very well. 

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Pros: Good layer

Cons: Bossy, aggressive, egg eaters

I purchased a mixed flock from My Pet Chicken in June 2012 (4 austrlorp, 2 barred rock, 2 delaware).  From the minute that I opened the box, my delaware hens were loud, and kind of pushy. 

 

As the girls got older, Precious and Princess just became more and more agressive.  They are very loud, they eat eggs, and run at you if you attempt to get eggs from the nest.  They have gone after poor Lucy (australorp) so bady that they took off most of her comb and put a hole in her neck....all within a matter of hours!!  They are well cared for birds, were handeled often since birth, always have plenty of feed and fresh water and have lots of room.  We have decided to cull them both.  It makes me so sad.

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Pros: Very friendly & quick learners

Cons: None thus far

These four Delaware pullets are my first "flock" and I absolutely love them!  True to their reviews they are very friendly and quick learners too at only 5 weeks old.  When I open the coop for feeding and care they always rush to the door, hop on my hand and walk up my arm allowing me to pet them.

 

As for their reputations for being smart, well, perhaps its too early to tell.  I recently decided to treat my chicks to a special treat of several fresh, little bugs after I cleaned out their coop so I proceeded to gather the insects in a small glass jar that originally contained green olives.  I placed the jar into the coop on it's side so the chicks could grab their treats but one chick, spotting an especially tempting treat at the bottom, squeezed through the narrow neck and popped herself completely into the jar.  I was very surprised and waited a moment to see if she could get out.  She struggled but could not back out and could not turn herself around.  Fortunately, she had one leg sticking out of the jar which I was able to grab and gently work her back out.  Whenever I hear about a chicken being "smart" I will always think of my little chicken in the olive jar!

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Pros: Harty, defind them selves, talkitive, inquizitive, good layers

Cons: can be aggressave, if not happy will talk your ear off.

I have 18 hens and 1 rooster, I have 3 girls that want to go broody and i will let them about mid January. the girls can be strong willed and will behave when they know who is in charge. they watch every thing in their yard and around it , they have a pare tree in their yard and keep the squirls out of it(first year we got to harvest pares)

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Pros: lays daily all year long

Cons: Mean, loud, aggressive, feather picker and egg eater

I read above that someone else got their Delaware from MPC, maybe it is just their stock. But our first batch of hens came from MPC and we loved them all except our Delaware. She is mean, and even pecks at the kids. She lets everyone know EVERY time someone goes into the coop to lay an egg. We can't stand her. I am sure there are some great lines out there but we didn't get a good one.

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Pros: Friendly, smart, hardy, excellent layers

Cons: Tendency to peck at your clothes, difficult molt

If I could only have one kind of chicken forever, it would be Delawares. They are just smart and friendly and healthy and very reliable layers. Two things: they peck at people's clothes (I've heard other people say this too) and they have a really hard molt once a year that makes them lose more feathers than the other hens: picture a pillow exploding. Sometimes there's a few days during their molt where they have difficulty walking -- they do a weird backwards walking thing. They get over it, though.

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Pros: great egg production

Cons: could be considered a bit too "assertive" around kids

I purchased 10 Delawares from Ideal Poultry in July 2013.  I gave one away to a friend and one turned out to be a rooster.  So I have 8 hens and 1 rooster in a pen with one Orloff hen the same age.

 

They started laying in early January at about 24-25 weeks.

 

From the 9 hens we get 8 eggs a day. The size has increased to good size today.  Some of the eggs are the rose colored eggs others have mentioned.  I am impressed by the laying as this is winter, the nights are in the low 20's and our pen has no artificial light or heat.

 

To compare we have red stars (4), welsummers (2), black copper marans (6), and welsummer x marans (5) and a few ameraucana / olive eggers in another cage.   I can truly say that the Delawares are a different disposition.  More assertive.  More curious.  The hens approach us much more and peck at our boots.  They rush the door.  Although the hens are this way, the rooster appears fairly laid back, does not crow much and never behaves in an aggressive manner towards my kids.

 

I think they are my favorites and I am keeping the rooster to potentially breed more.

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Pros: Great layers, pretty and curious birds

Cons: None!

My Delawares are great birds some lay every day in the winter! Some eggs are so large they won't fit in the carton. These are over all great birds.

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Pros: Pretty, friendly

Cons: Easily scared

I absolutely LOVE my little Delaware hen.  She's the lone survivor of a horrendous attack by the neighbors' dogs.  :(   She's been psychologically scarred since that, and does get nervous and hides sometimes.  But once you talk to her she calms down and comes right up to beg for food.  She's my sweet little LottieBug.

 

 

 

 

 

LottieBug

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Pros: Friendly, 7eggs 7days

Cons: Peck Eggs ounce in a while

Delawares are GREAT BIRDS!!!!! They are an amazing deal!!! My Delawares lay 7 eggs in 7 days!!! They are pretty tolerant in harsh winter conditions. A few of my delaware's feathers curl up, making them look totally fancy. There only flaw is they are terrible when it comes to pecking eggs!!!! Other than that I highly recommend this bird!!!!!!

Delaware
Description:

Delawares are a fairly heavy-bodied, white (silver) bird with black markings. They were originally developed in the state of Delaware in 1940 from some silver sports (birds that differ from the parent stock, often through mutation) that cropped out by chance from a broiler cross using New Hampshire Reds and Barred Plymouth Rocks. They were recognized as a separate breed and admitted to the APA Standard in 1952. While they were thought of as a broiler originally, today they are recognized as a dual-purpose bird, most useful for the backyard or homestead. As a breed originating in America, Delawares are often kept today by those who are interested in maintaining US heritage breeds. Those interested in the show standards for this breed should know that the APA Standard calls for Delaware males to be 8.5 lbs and have a body that is both broad and deep. The comb should have five even points, and the tail should be clearly barred with the black bars predominant. The female Delaware should be 6.5 lbs and should also have a broad and deep body. She, however, should not have barring in her main tail feathers, which should be black with only white lacing on the outer edges. Her tail covert feathers, however, may show barring. Both genders should have barring in the hackle and have yellow legs.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeDual Purpose
CombSingle
BroodinessAverage
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Noisy
Breed Colors/VarietiesOne variety, barred silver columbian.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Calm

Breed Colors / Varieties:

One variety, barred silver columbian.

Breed Details:

Delawares are great layers and good foragers on range. Their disposition is usually mild and friendly, although fiery Delaware males are not unheard of. Overall, they are an attractive, old-fashioned bird with good utility value, and well bred specimens can be particularly striking in appearance.

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