Over at the Delaware Poultry Club United's official FB group page we're starting two member-driven projects. It's a friendly, cooperative, encouraging group, and we'd love everyone to help make these projects as useful as possible to anyone working with Delawares.
The first project ... we'll be starting on this one very soon ... is to develop a pictorial guide for the Delaware SOP which will be a resource/page over at the official Delaware Club's web page. We will assume everyone has the APA's SOP and will not be reposting that description or borrowing any of those illustrations. Instead, we'd like to have decent photographic examples of things like "What should the Delaware neck barring look like?" So we'll need people to supply us with photos we can use. Other breed groups have done similar things, and we believe it can be super helpful to people making choices about what birds to show or breed. Maybe we can even expand the guide to include Bantams, if there are people working with those.
The second project will be to develop an annotated Buyer's Guide for Delawares ... this one might take a bit longer to do well and will require periodic editing. We're often asked, "Where can I find good Delawares?" and of course the answer will depend on what the buyer wants to do with Delawares (show them, use them as pastured meat birds, add one to your backyard laying flock). We're hoping to survey hatchery and private breeders for some details about their "line," and also include some feedback from people who have bought birds from the various sources. We'd love your input about your favorite source(s) for Delawares. And if you're a breeder who can ship chicks/eggs, or even a breeder who is willing to mentor and share birds locally, this is a great way to get the word out about your line. One of the things we are hoping to include in this list is some background information about the history of each line, including where the birds were originally sourced, how many generations they've been bread forward, what other lines/breeds have been crossed in (if any).
Let me know via PM if you'd like to help with these projects, or if you would like to be included in the Buyer's Guide. There will be some redundancy with the guide and the member's list/Breeder's Directory ... the special thing about the Buyer's Guide will be the notes and reviews.