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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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!
Pros - Great egg layers, Very good duel-purpose breed
Cons - Roosters are very aggressive
Delaware are a pretty good breed overall. The hens are good egg layers and have very quirky and fun personalities that seem to stand out in my flock. I have had all of my cockerels and roosters become aggressive at a young age. Not only towards people, but other chickens. The roosters that have been human tolerant have been very mean to the hens and would pick on them and hurt them. We have only one rooster now, he has been pretty friendly towards his ladies and humans so far. But as soon as I pick up one of "his" girls, he will run at me. The Delaware's meat is very very good. It is very tender and rich in flavor. A good breed for meat and eggs. Leaning more towards the meat side.
Here's my cockerel now
Pros - Great dual purpose bird,good layers,good meaty size,foragers
Good alternative to the cornish cross thought take alittle more time,but i think it worth it because they are stronger foragers which means they eat more good stuff and you dont need to be buying so much food.
Pros - Follows me wherever I go, super kind, walks right to me, curious little creatures
Cons - Can't think of any
I got my Delaware as a chick and so far she is super kind, super tame, and very cute! I recommend the Delaware.