Delaware

Average User Rating:
4.0641/5,
  1. Laciebug2005
    5/5,
    "Super sweet girls!"
    Pros - Extremely docile, sweet, and friendly. Love my Delaware, she also gets along wonderful with my larger breeds.
    Purchase Price:
    $4
    Purchase Date:
    6.23.19
  2. ageranger361
    2/5,
    "Not My Favorite!"
    Pros - Heavy Breed, Dual Purpose, Decent Layer, Fairly Calm
    Cons - EGG EATERS, Roo’s Aggressive, Poor 2nd Year Eggs
    My first chickens were Delaware’s from McMurry, so some of this could be inexperienceand some could be hatchery, but I was only moderately pleased with this breed. They laid large to xl eggs daily their first year. Started late their second year and never ramped back up to full production. They were great foragers, and the hens are mostly docile with a flighty hen now and again. Not a starting breed in my opinion. Not bad birds, just not beginners birds.

    Excellent for meat if you like a full flavored almost gamey bird and A little tough, but they lay decent and eat ok. Dual purpose for sure.
    Purchase Price:
    $3/bird
    Purchase Date:
    2015
  3. Wolf
    4/5,
    "Delawares are Good!"
    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.
    Schakeitup and bmanty like this.
  4. petunialuvur
    3/5,
    "Aloof"
    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.
    Overall:
    3
    Purchase Price:
    3.00
    Purchase Date:
    2010
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Arztwolf
    4/5,
    "Friendly, not aggressive."
    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.
    Overall:
    4.5
  9. hildar
    4/5,
    "wonderful as pets"
    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.
    Overall:
    4.5
    petunialuvur likes this.
  10. fatcatx
    5/5,
    "The whole chicken package"
    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.
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Price:
    3.50
    Purchase Date:
    2013-05-01

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