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Delaware Reviews

Positive Reviews


Best breed out there


Pros: Friendly, dual purpose, lays lots of large-jumbo eggs for an extended amount of time

Cons: Not as broody as other breeds I've had

I've had a variety of chickens over the years.  I've settled on Delawares.  Of all the varieties I've had, Delawares are by far the best.    I read a few of the negative comments.  I don't get it.  Are they really talking about Delawares?  Mine are not aggressive.  Mine do not eat eggs.  They can be loud but my little Nankins (as well as others I've had) are louder!  If you want a chicken that isn't curious, doesn't make noise, doesn't mess on your porch, maybe you should get a cat instead.   Lots of BIG, light brown eggs almost all year long.  I have 24 hens right now and get 15-20 eggs per day.  My roosters are 8 - 8.5...
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Wonderful Birds


Pros: Fantastic layers, docile and sweet if socialized well, will defend themselves, great for controlling pests such as ants and flies, good foragers

Cons: somewhat noisy, a bit of an attitude (will bite the crap out of you if you piss them off or scare them)

Our first flock was three delawares and we loved them. We kept them inside in a large action-packer initially until they were big enough to go into the back yard. We handled them a lot when they were little so that they would be friendly and they turned out to be sweet and affectionate hens that loved to come sit in your lap. For a while we were afraid of them being eaten by a cat, but then I watched one day through the window as our largest hen charged a huge feral cat head on. The cat was too stunned by its prey's audacity to move at first and consequently suffered a sound clawing to the face by said chicken before taking off. I went out to check the hen, Martie, and found her huffing...
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I LOVE my Delawares


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. 

Negative Reviews


Never again


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...
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LOUD, MEAN but egg laying machines


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.
jake and pippa

Agressive roos


Pros: Nice looking birds, fast growing

Cons: Roos very aggressive, attacked many of my other birds, off to freezer camp

I bought a handful (or in some cases more) chicks of about 12 breeds this year to compare.  I concentrated on dual purpose breeds that are known for being very good meat birds, cold hearty and non aggressive.  The Delaware are one breed that I will never raise again due to their aggressive behavior.  The flavor was not outstanding either.  The roos started very aggressively attacking many of my other birds (hens and roos both) and were all harvested by 5 months. The aggressive behavior was actually apparent from a very young age, but I tolerated it until I had to chase them off my other birds on a daily basis.

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My favorite breed


Pros: nice large brown eggs, gental roosters with kids

Cons: Huge! had to make the coop opening bigger

I have had Delawares off and on over the years but right now I have the best Delaware rooster, I purchased him at 20 weeks old from a heritage meat farmer he is huge, 9lbs and is soo sweet! he lets my kids pet him he calls for the hens and chicks to come eat when he finds bugs or some yummy plant. He lets the chicks eat before he does. My favorite rooster I have ever had! Im going to cross him with with white rock hens for meat birds, Superman rocks maybe 4h next year for my son.

Four friendly pullets.


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...
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Rafter H Farms

Finally a breed that is all it is touted to be and more!


Pros: great layer, lg egg , confinement or free range , friendly , curious , docile , active forager , thrifty , cold hardy , mod. fast growth , good mother

Cons: NONE so far but the white color could cause predator loss though not so far.

     We got our start of Delaware from Welp Hatchery fall 2013. We ordered 10 Delaware , 10 Speckled Sussex and 10 Buckeye . We had been lulled by several mild winters and were quite enjoying the effects of global warming if that is not crude to say. Well Last winter was our coldest winter here in Northwest Montana in a while and we struggled to keep our brooders warm in the subzero temps and blowing snow storms. There were several power outages and that caused us to lose some of our new clutch of 30 and several suffered severe frostbite on their feet and combs . The Buckeye surprisingly suffered the worst , followed by the Sussex but the Delaware did great. No...
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They hear the back door they crowed the gate, they know somthing is going to happen


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)

Getting to be my favorite.


Pros: nice meat birds at 20 weeks as well as good layers. Calm friendly

Cons: White color gets dirty.

This is getting to be my favorite chicken.   Mine come from about 4 different bloodlines and Im really happy with them.   I think one of the best chickens for anyone wanting a real dual purpose bird.



Pros: Large eggs, docile, not mean toward other chickens, cold hardy

We have one young Delaware pullet and she has been great!  She has just started laying and the eggs she lays are of good size, so far she has been laying on a regular basis too.  She is not mean toward her flock mates and is nice to people!  She is also a sweetie and very docile!  The snow and cold weather have not phased her one bit!  In fact, she loves going outside when there is snow on the ground!  I recommend getting a Delaware if you are looking for eggs, a docile bird, and one that will not pick on other chickens in your flock!  5 stars!

Best Chickens Evar!!!


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.

Loud and Mean


Pros: Productive Layers

Cons: Loud, Aggressive, Unfriendly

I had high hopes for my Delaware hen but after 6 months she is getting re-homed. She could be the most productive layer ever but she is way too noisy and just flat out mean. She attacks people in the coop, screams bloody murder every time you handle her, and is just loud in general-for no apparent reason. She was raised with three other breeds from day old chicks and none of my other hens act like this.    Maybe I just got a dud but I won't be giving this breed another shot. I can only have a small number of chickens and I don't have room for all the Delaware drama! 

Friendly, not aggressive.


Pros: Sturdy, friendly, got along with everyone.

Cons: Not too smart.

Mine somehow managed to drown herself before she started laying, but I would get them again.

wonderful as pets


Pros: Friendly, curious, enjoy being around people

Cons: Don't seem to go broody as other breeds do

I really enjoyed them. I have thought about getting more and may later on. However it is not one of my specialty breeds. We had one that broke her foot, while her footmended she was in the house with us living and she would lay with her head on my foot while I worked at the computer. She became fully house trained after about 2 weeks. After she was healed up though her sisters would no longer accept her so we had to keep her in the house. She lived a nice long life. We will always remember our Tiger.
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