Help deciding between Delaware and Black Australorp Cockerel
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I agree with sourland; you always want to choose the bird with the better temperament. However, if you have to choose at an early age, I would personally go with the Australorp for the following reasons. While both are generally docile breeds, in my personal experience, Australorps tend to have the calmer and more gentle temperament (of course there can always be exceptions); and while both breeds are cold hardy, Australorps definitely take heat better than Delawares; and while both breeds are good layers, Australorps are typically the better layers of the two (as you indicated yourself from what you've read on them). Either way though, I don't think you are likely to go wrong with either rooster.