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Blue Hen Of Delaware

Average User Rating:
4/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Occasional
    Climate Tolerance:
    Average
    Egg Productivity:
    Fair
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Tinted
    Breed Temperament:
    Flighty, Bears confinement well, Quiet, Shy, Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Blue, Black and Splash
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
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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.

    Genetically, two Blue Hens will produce 50% blue, 25% white, and 25% black offspring, like other “blue” breeds. Breeding a splash and a black will result in 100% blue offspring.

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    Blue hen of Delaware eggs

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    Blue hen of Delaware chick

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    Blue hen of Delaware juveniles

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    Blue hen of Delaware hen

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    Blue hen of Delaware rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-blue-hen-of-delaware.1081006/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Low
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: White

    Breed Temperament:
    Flighty,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Shy,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Blue, Black and Splash
    Breed Details:
    Although the Delaware Blue Hen is known for fierce fighting abilities, they are not the aggressive bird they once were known to be. I have found, in my experience, that they are a lovely addition to any backyard flock and live happily along with any breed, even the little bantams. They free range nicely or can be in a pen and be happy either way. The hens are smaller and more dainty than the roosters and are relatively quiet and shy. They are very broody and make excellent mothers. They are very dedicated to raising their young and keeping them safe. The Delaware Blue Hen rooster is a medium sized rooster with beautiful tail plumage. The roosters are fantastic flock leaders and very faithful to their flock. Although Ceasar,my main Blue Hen rooster is not the norm, he will call over other roosters to feed them! Like all roosters, they prefer to be the only rooster in a flock. The roosters make fantastic fathers and will help out with the chicks calling them over to feed. My rooster even takes care of other chicks raised by larger breed hens. The chicks are delicate and small. I would recommend keeping them confined until they get a few weeks old and are a bit stronger. The Delaware Blue Hen lays medium sized white eggs. In comparison to an Orpington or Rhode Island Red egg, slightly smaller. The eggs do not take well to shipping, lower hatch rates can be expected. Overall, It has been a pleasure owning them and I have found them very enjoyable to have around!

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Recent User Reviews

  1. bbishop
    4/5,
    "I have about 5 of these hens they are great..."
    Pros - They are very pretty and lay great brown eggs .
    Cons - They are very skittish and flighty
    These are great for your mix flock and the roosters are gorgeous :)
    Overall:
    4.5

User Comments

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  1. Jack Speese
    Where do you get chicks of this "breed" (from what I've read it is more of a landrace than an actual breed)? The other Delaware, the one with a slight Columbian pattern which I also think is a very attractive bird, is fairly readily available from many hatcheries, but I've never seen a source for Delaware blues.
  2. Polly the farmers wife
    I have 6 blue Delaware chickens and they are full blooded. They also are correct in all the other areas also. My hens also lay a large to extra large egg and the egg are a tannish brown. The person I got mine from says the line comes straight from Delaware and they all lay a tan egg. I have seen the information that says they lay a white egg but I have also found out that they do lay a tan egg too. Hope this helps. I love my Blue Delaware chickens. My two roosters look great.
  3. twisted-acres-farm
    I am confused. Everything I have read say's they lay white eggs?? are yours mutts?? please enlighten
  4. BlackPanther
    Very nice! Where did you get them?

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