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Chicken Breed Focus - Blue Hen of Delaware

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The Delaware Blue Hen, is a land race of chickens that were developed during the American Revolutionary War. The birds originated from a strain of gamecocks owned primarily by Capt. John Caldwell, from Kent County, Delaware that were recognizable by their blue plumage and renowned for their pugnacity to the extent that Colonel John Haslet's 1st Delaware Regiment were nicknamed "the Blue Hen's Chickens." The Delaware Blue Hen is a typical “blue” colored chicken, found in Blue, Black and Splash. They are single combed. The hens are Fair layers of tinted/white eggs, and occasionally go broody. The males generally need to be separated from each other once they reach maturity.

    The University of Delaware mascot, known as YoUDee, is also modeled after the Delaware Blue Hen and the college teams are nicknamed "Fightin' Blue Hens". Today, the University of Delaware's College of Agriculture & Natural Resources maintains the largest known breeding flock of the Blue Hen Chicken. Their flock originated when they received six pairs from Hallock DuPont, in the 1960's because the bird was their mascot. The University also added other game breeds and Blue Andalusian blood to the flock to recreate the original birds as closely as possible. There are still some traditional bloodlines of the Blue Hen owned by Delaware natives.

    The Delaware Blue Hen was named the state bird of Delaware in 1939.


    Details:

    Breed purpose: Ornamental
    Comb Type: Single
    Broodiness: Occasional
    Climate Tolerance: Average
    Weight: Roosters 5 lbs, Hens 4 lbs.
    Egg Productivity: Fair
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: Tinted



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    Delaware Blue Hen, Hen @Bec

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    Delaware Blue Hen, Splash Chick @Bec

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    Delaware Blue Hen, Cockerel @Bec

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    Delaware Blue Hen, Cockerel @SunnyChic

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    Delaware Blue Hen, Splash Cockerel @Bec

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    Delaware Blue Hen, Flock @Bec

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    University of Delaware mascot, YoUDee


    BYC Breed reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/blue-hen-of-delaware

    General breed discussions & FAQ thread:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/260603/new-pics-of-my-delaware-blue-hen-roosters/0_20


    Do you own Blue Hen of Delaware? Are you a Blue Hen of Delaware breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
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  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Wow, there's just something about blue and splash birds that I love. These are gorgeous!
     
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  3. tennboy1

    tennboy1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Where can I purchase Delaware blues? What hatchery or breeders ?
     
  4. demikitten

    demikitten Out Of The Brooder

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    I love these 'blue' breeds!
     
  5. fenderpoultry1

    fenderpoultry1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am a University of Delaware graduate and have always wanted to breed Delaware Blue Hens. I would love to get some to help continue the breed. If anyone knows of any breeders, please contact me. Go Blue Hens!!
     

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