Delaware chicks

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Noncentzter, May 31, 2010.

  1. Noncentzter

    Noncentzter Songster

    Nov 17, 2009
    Southern Oregon Coast
    I bought two chicks from the local feed store back in April. Wanted two pullets but got one of each. The pullet is getting black in her tail feathers and on her neck. The cockeral is plain this normal or did I get something else?

  2. ChksontheRun

    ChksontheRun Songster

    Mar 18, 2010
    Central Virginia
    Check out the pictures on the Delaware thread and you will see what they are supposed to look like. I think as with any breed there is a huge variation in the amount of feather coloring, but you can see great examples on the thread.
  3. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Pullets will have light barring on their hackles and black tail feathers. Males usually have heavier barring on their hackles when young, with a lot of it going down their backs, and barred tail feathers. The Delaware thread really will provide you with lots of good pics for comparison. If the cockerel is plain white, I would be suspicious, but then, I am pretty new to Delawares myself. Maybe that happens with hatchery birds?

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