Blue Hen Of Delaware

General Information

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/

Latest reviews

Pros: The rooster is gorgeous and the hen lays medium sized tinted white eggs.
Cons: The rooster has to be separated from others or he doggedly tries to destroy them all!
These are gorgeous birds! I was surprised when the eggs didn't come out tan like regular Delaware hens. My hen stays a little separate from my mixed flock and is the only hen to lay outside in random places instead of the nesting boxes every time. My rooster is friendly at arms length with humans but at about 5
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months of age decided all other roosters must no longer exist. I still really like this breed, but they are flighty and fighty!This is my rooster Shalidor. I got them from a breeder in Delaware state.
Purchase Price
$10 each
Purchase Date
March 2019
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 :)

Comments

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.
 
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.
 
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.
I know this is an old thread, but I am looking to add a DE blue hen to my flock. Where can I get one or two?
 

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