Delaware Chicken Thread!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by austinbndr28, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. austinbndr28

    austinbndr28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello I just bought a trio of delawares and would like to know if they are show quality? Also would love to see others post pictures of their delawares!!
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  2. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    The females should have more colour in the hackle & thet should show barring in their tails rather than the Columbian look they have. I like the male. I'd say they are a good breeding trio. I think you should see some mprovement in the next generation.
     
  3. austinbndr28

    austinbndr28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. Yeah i see what you mean about the tail. I hope their chicks will have barred tails.
     
  4. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    I would primarily work on two things. Depth and width. Delaware are not especially long birds. They are on the other hand wide and deep. These birds are shallow and narrow.

    I am not picking on your birds, but that is what they need more than anything.
     
  5. austinbndr28

    austinbndr28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand what you mean on the width. But what do you mean on the shallow?
     
  6. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    The depth of keel would be a good reference point.

    Look at the prints on the other thread and picture your male standing upright in front of him. Compare the two profiles. Pay particular attention the keel.
     
  7. austinbndr28

    austinbndr28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright. Could he grow into that if he is only around one years old or is that as big as he is going to get?
     
  8. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    His type is what it is. It is the same for the hens.

    Just hatch as many as you can practically manage, and look for individuals that are better than their parents.

    Do not be discouraged by your start, or with your birds. I have only tried to help you start seeing what a Delaware is, or should be.

    Do you have a Standard?
     
  9. austinbndr28

    austinbndr28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i will try to hatch every egg laid. What do you mean by standard?
     
  10. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    There is a breed description in the APA's Standard of Perfection. If you can get your hands on one, that description will be very helpful to you. The written description is your "standard". As well as understanding what they were and how their breed type makes them suitable for that role.
     

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