Blue Hen Of Delaware

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Meat Bird
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Breed Temperament:
    Flighty,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Shy,Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Blue, Black and Splash
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Hens are usually associated with nurturing, domestication, or femininity in general (chick!). Chickens are associated with, well, being a chicken, or being cowardly. So why on earth would male and female athletes from the University of Delaware choose the name “Blue Hen” for their teams? The explanation comes from the history of the breed, which goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War regiment from Delaware and its captain, Jonathan Caldwell. Captain Caldwell was a breeder of game cocks, and he claimed that his prize fighting roosters all descended from the same blue hen. In the War for Independence, Caldwell'’s troops were likewise known for their bravery and excellence in battle, and as part of Colonel John Haslet’'s regiment, they were nicknamed “the Blue Hen’s' Chickens” after the ferocious fighting game cocks bred by Caldwell. The athletic teams of the University of Delaware are, therefore, the “Fightin’ Blue Hens” and the General Assembly of the State of Delaware chose it as the State Bird in 1939. The University of Delaware has a breeding program to improve the breed, which is not yet recognized, despite its history. 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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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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!







Recent User Reviews

  1. bbishop
    "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 :)

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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