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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - BIG! Nice birds!
Cons - Long grow-out.
Got eggs of these last May. After having the Silky-sized Peruvian Araucanas - these looked HUGE! The roosters eyeball me, asking for treats, as I sit on the Adirondack-chair in the yard - their heads are above the armrest! I have to guard my food! Mine are not aggressive. They don't like being picked up, but they don't run away, either. They come hang with me when I sit in the pasture. Kinda slow growing, but they put on enough bone to hold them up - unlike Rock x Cornish. Anticipating when they start laying eggs - the hatching eggs were fist-sized! Ate two extra roos already - nice meat! Got these to start a meat-flock while my Araucanas work as layers.
Pros - Broody and good foragers.
Cons - Distant and difficult too keep pinned.
The Delaware Turken hen I had would let me hold her but she didn't like it. She was distant to the rest of the flock. I had 2 other Delaware hens and they avoided the flock also. I ended up rehoming them because I couldn't keep them escaping the field. If there was a weak spot in the fence or something they could climb up on to fly over thy always found it.
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.
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.
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!
Pros - Sturdy, friendly, got along with everyone.
Cons - Not too smart.
Mine somehow managed to drown herself before she started laying, but I would get them again.
Pros - Friendly, curious, enjoy being around people
Cons - Don't seem to go broody as other breeds do
I really enjoyed them. I have thought about getting more and may later on. However it is not one of my specialty breeds. We had one that broke her foot, while her footmended she was in the house with us living and she would lay with her head on my foot while I worked at the computer. She became fully house trained after about 2 weeks. After she was healed up though her sisters would no longer accept her so we had to keep her in the house. She lived a nice long life. We will always remember our Tiger.
Pros - Great layer, friendly, inquisitive
Cons - Not a showy flashy bird
Our few feed store Delawares have been awesome backyard additions. They started laying much earlier than our other breeds and consistently lay a large nice brown egg, sometimes with speckling, 5 days per week. (Maybe 3 during the winter months.) Sassy and assertive without being bossy or bullyish. Constantly underfoot to get first crack at the treats and they don't typically wait for the to be offered - they jump up and try to snatch them! One of the nicer breeds I've come across that is not prone to broodiness. I have nothing negative to say other than some may find their markings kind a boring when compared to other breeds. One of my faves!
After reading several other reviews, I would like to add that they do enjoy pecking more than my other birds. They are like piranhas when taking treats from your hand, and when I wear pants with *bling* on the pockets, a butt-pecking is sure to come as soon as I bend down. I find it hilarious but children may not.
Pros - Easygoing,lays extremely well, calm, good forager
Cons - Doesn't liked to be picked up
I Bought her as a pullet she is very smart low maintenance and good forager and she does lay very well. Overall easygoing.:cd
Pros - Large eggs, docile, not mean toward other chickens, cold hardy
We have one young Delaware pullet and she has been great! She has just started laying and the eggs she lays are of good size, so far she has been laying on a regular basis too. She is not mean toward her flock mates and is nice to people! She is also a sweetie and very docile! The snow and cold weather have not phased her one bit! In fact, she loves going outside when there is snow on the ground! I recommend getting a Delaware if you are looking for eggs, a docile bird, and one that will not pick on other chickens in your flock! 5 stars!