Are all Delawares jerks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickensducks&agoose, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got a bunch of delawares, and had to give away both roosters because they were such jerks, attacking my kids, knocking them down and making them bleed... I gave away 2 hens because they were also aggressive and nasty... biting me when I went to feed them, freaking out if I went into the same AREA of the pen with them... Is this just the bunch of chicks that I got? or is it a general delaware thing?
     
  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Delawares are usually a docile breed, especially the hens. Any breed of rooster is capable of being mean.
     
  3. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, all Delawares are not jerks. Some strains of hatchery Delawares have a tendency to be aggressive, though. And any individual male can turn aggressive past the chick stage. Generally, though, breeder Dels are pretty mellow. And, historically, Delawares were known for their friendly and calm disposition. Too bad that's not always true now. [​IMG]
     
  4. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope they're not all jerks. I just got 3 chicks from Privett.
     
  5. australorpchick

    australorpchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not mine, but she won't stop talking either. She'll follow you around the coop bawcking away, whether you're listening or not.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hatchery stock is rather sketchy, temperament wise, as well as in other ways. I have a bunch of awesome high quality Delawares now, but Janet had to convince me to hatch them after my horrible experience with hatchery stock. These are almost a different breed.
     
  7. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    My MMM hatchery Delawares are aggressive feather pickers when they get cooped up indoors, and LOUD! They are great with people, though, have tons of personality, and are very funny.

    I really like the breed, and may in the future get more from a breeder. But I wouldn't order hatchery stock again.

    Erika
     
  8. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I for one hope they are not jerks. I have a bunch of Del eggs in the bator right now..

    ..jiminwisc........
     
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  9. motherbear

    motherbear Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry about your experience. We have just one Del from our local feed store and she is by far EVERYONE'S favorite hen. Very good natured and friendly. Wish we'd gotten more.
     
  10. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

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    Definately not. Mine are the sweetest things ever. They follow me around like puppies. You should see me going to the mail box with dozen chickens and two dogs lined up behind me like a barnyard parade.

    They aren't flighty, rather they're super curious and sometimes can be too underfoot.

    Like Janet said, any roo can be agressive after the hormones set in. I've seen some silkie roos that were mean as the devil and they're supposed to be the sweetest birds.
     

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