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Delaware

Average User Rating:
4.08219/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Noisy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    One variety, barred silver columbian.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Delawares are a fairly heavy-bodied, white (silver) bird with black markings. They were originally developed in the state of Delaware in 1940 from some silver sports (birds that differ from the parent stock, often through mutation) that cropped out by chance from a broiler cross using New Hampshire Reds and Barred Plymouth Rocks. They were recognized as a separate breed and admitted to the APA Standard in 1952. While they were thought of as a broiler originally, today they are recognized as a dual-purpose bird, most useful for the backyard or homestead. As a breed originating in America, Delawares are often kept today by those who are interested in maintaining US heritage breeds.


    Those interested in the show standards for this breed should know that the APA Standard calls for Delaware males to be 8.5 lbs and have a body that is both broad and deep. The comb should have five even points, and the tail should be clearly barred with the black bars predominant. The female Delaware should be 6.5 lbs and should also have a broad and deep body. She, however, should not have barring in her main tail feathers, which should be black with only white lacing on the outer edges. Her tail covert feathers, however, may show barring. Both genders should have barring in the hackle and have yellow legs.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    One variety, barred silver columbian.
    Breed Details:
    Delawares are great layers and good foragers on range. Their disposition is usually mild and friendly, although fiery Delaware males are not unheard of. Overall, they are an attractive, old-fashioned bird with good utility value, and well bred specimens can be particularly striking in appearance.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. KoopOnTruckin
    5/5,
    "Dual purpose breed, good temperament"
    Pros - Meaty, fast growing, friendly, great foragers
    Cons - My hatchery stock wasn't quite up to par, selective breeding should fix this.
    I started last year with 3 breeds, all heritage hatchery stock - Delawares were not my favorite at the beginning but definitely grew on me. My hatchery stock wasn't quite up to par size-wise, but selective breeding should fix this. They seemed (what I thought was) aggressive at first, but I found out later that was just their way of being inquisitive. They are really nice hens, I currently have 2 and I'm raising another 9 straight run chicks to begin a spiral breeding program. The cockerels that I had from the first batch were pretty docile compared to the Dark Cornish and White Rocks I had at the same time. I look forward to raising a few more roos and hope they continue to be one of my favorite breeds.
    Purchase Price:
    3
    Purchase Date:
    2016
  2. jake and pippa
    1/5,
    "Agressive roos"
    Pros - Nice looking birds, fast growing
    Cons - Roos very aggressive, attacked many of my other birds, off to freezer camp
    I bought a handful (or in some cases more) chicks of about 12 breeds this year to compare. I concentrated on dual purpose breeds that are known for being very good meat birds, cold hearty and non aggressive. The Delaware are one breed that I will never raise again due to their aggressive behavior. The flavor was not outstanding either. The roos started very aggressively attacking many of my other birds (hens and roos both) and were all harvested by 5 months. The aggressive behavior was actually apparent from a very young age, but I tolerated it until I had to chase them off my other birds on a daily basis.
    Overall:
    1
    Purchase Price:
    3.00
    Purchase Date:
    2016-04-04
    melle1980 likes this.
  3. lutherpug
    1/5,
    "Loud and Mean"
    Pros - Productive Layers
    Cons - Loud, Aggressive, Unfriendly
    I had high hopes for my Delaware hen but after 6 months she is getting re-homed. She could be the most productive layer ever but she is way too noisy and just flat out mean. She attacks people in the coop, screams bloody murder every time you handle her, and is just loud in general-for no apparent reason. She was raised with three other breeds from day old chicks and none of my other hens act like this.

    Maybe I just got a dud but I won't be giving this breed another shot. I can only have a small number of chickens and I don't have room for all the Delaware drama!
    Overall:
    1
    melle1980 likes this.

User Comments

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  1. SYLVIA STEVENSON
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Delawares, Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
  2. jake and pippa
    I have 6+ Buff Orphington chicks, fully feathered, in the yard in a sheltered environment. They are living with some young bielefelders, neiderheiners, cream crested legbar, blue copper Marans and Isobar. I also have older blue gold brahma, too beautiful to eat, light brahma, wheaten Sulmtaler, speckled Sussex, buff Wyandote, RIR.
  3. Foristers
    After some research I found that for dual-purpose birds the buff Orpington was largest and best tempered bird that still lay good eggs and hens broody. Have you tried them?
  4. jake and pippa
    I have adult Maran, Bielefelders (super sweet birds, fast growers) Bresse (independent, pretty fast growers, nice personality) Barbexieux (a little aggressive, grow well) and many others. What section should I post in? Meat birds? I gather some people do not like reading about killing or eating birds. I spoke to one chef yesterday, and he is interested. I need to speak to others. The Dorking grow very slowly, are quite sweet. Buckeye also grow a little slowly, but are gentle. My Marans roos are a tad aggressive, but I think I could select for gentle roos over time. My Speckled Sussex are more aggressive than I expected, they started out very sweet.
  5. EggSighted4Life
    I hope I see when you do your blind taste test. I started raising the Marans but they are still chicks. I want them to also raise their yoyng for us to harvest. My hubby is especially curious about the Breese. I will be curious to see how their meat is when they aren't caponized as they do in France. And also if the American version is the same. Also, the Bielfelder is one of my considerations to replace the Marans if I don't enjoy the feathered legs in our wet season. With the added benefit of auto sexing if I decide to sell chicks. If you think about it, try to get my attention when you start the comparison thread so I can follow your experience. This information is valuable to me and sound like you are going about it the right way! Thanks for sharing.
  6. jake and pippa
    I have very few birds as layers. We do not eat that many eggs, and I am not set up to sell eggs, maybe next year. Even a modest layer will provide more then enough eggs for us. I do have a few birds that will lay blue, green or dark brown eggs. Just for fun, essentially.
  7. jake and pippa
    I will start a thread when I have more information on my breeds. I do not have white rocks. So far, we have tasted Black Copper Maran, Red Sex link roos, Delaware and Barnvelder. Of these, the Barnvelder has by far the best chicken taste. The Maran is very tender, but also very mild. We are looking for birds with real chicken flavor, and do not value the very large bland breasts on the Cornish Cross grown commercially. This is all very subjective. We do plan to have a formal blind tasting later this year, but need to arrange this with professional chefs. We are raising some of the most famous birds (for flavor). These include Buckeye, Dorking, Maran, Bielefelder, Bresse and quite a few others.
  8. sue5050
    I like white Rocks for meat and so far I am not sure of the best layer.
  9. Cluckcluck1215
    Cute!but I hate
  10. AllynTal
    When you get hatchery birds, it's likely that the breeding practices are less than stellar and you can get birds with traits and characteristics that are not typical of the breed. Delawares will defend themselves, but that characteristic can take a bad turn into aggression if the hatchery is only concerned about breeding for egg production and/or for appearances. Delawares are supposed to be dual purpose, but hatcheries will breed them for unnaturally high egg production at the cost of meat quality.

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