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Chicken Breed Focus - Blue Hen of Delaware

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The Delaware Blue Hen, is a land race of chickens that were developed during the American Revolutionary War. The birds originated from a strain of gamecocks owned primarily by Capt. John Caldwell, from Kent County, Delaware that were recognizable by their blue plumage and renowned for their pugnacity to the extent that Colonel John Haslet's 1st Delaware Regiment were nicknamed "the Blue Hen's Chickens." The Delaware Blue Hen is a typical “blue” colored chicken, found in Blue, Black and Splash. They are single combed. The hens are Fair layers of tinted/white eggs, and occasionally go broody. The males generally need to be separated from each other once they reach maturity.

 

The University of Delaware mascot, known as YoUDee, is also modeled after the Delaware Blue Hen and the college teams are nicknamed "Fightin' Blue Hens". Today, the University of Delaware's College of Agriculture & Natural Resources maintains the largest known breeding flock of the Blue Hen Chicken. Their flock originated when they received six pairs from Hallock DuPont, in the 1960's because the bird was their mascot. The University also added other game breeds and Blue Andalusian blood to the flock to recreate the original birds as closely as possible. There are still some traditional bloodlines of the Blue Hen owned by Delaware natives.

 

The Delaware Blue Hen was named the state bird of Delaware in 1939.

 

 

Details:

 

Breed purpose: Ornamental

Comb Type: Single

Broodiness: Occasional

Climate Tolerance: Average

Weight: Roosters 5 lbs, Hens 4 lbs.

Egg Productivity: Fair

Egg Size: Medium

Egg Color: Tinted

 

 

 

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Delaware Blue Hen, Hen @Bec

 

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Delaware Blue Hen, Splash Chick @Bec

 

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Delaware Blue Hen, Cockerel @Bec

 

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Delaware Blue Hen, Cockerel @SunnyChic

 

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Delaware Blue Hen, Splash Cockerel @Bec

 

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Delaware Blue Hen, Flock @Bec

 

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University of Delaware mascot, YoUDee

 

 

BYC Breed reviews:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/blue-hen-of-delaware

 

General breed discussions & FAQ thread:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/260603/new-pics-of-my-delaware-blue-hen-roosters/0_20

 

 

Do you own Blue Hen of Delaware? Are you a Blue Hen of Delaware breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

 

·         What made you decide to get this breed?

·         Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?

·         What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?

·         Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #2 of 5

Wow, there's just something about blue and splash birds that I love. These are gorgeous!

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Check out all 11 new mini contests!

BYC Mini Contests - Win a 2017 Calendar!!

Deadlines for all is Dec. 11, 2016

You can't win if you don't play!

 

8th Annual BYC New Year Day Hatch-Along - Hosted by Ronott1

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Where can I purchase Delaware blues? What hatchery or breeders ?
post #4 of 5
I love these 'blue' breeds!
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I am a University of Delaware graduate and have always wanted to breed Delaware Blue Hens.  I would love to get some to help continue the breed. If anyone knows of any breeders, please contact me.  Go Blue Hens!!​

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