Delaware - free Ranging question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by carousel, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. carousel

    carousel Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    NW Oregon
    We ordered 2 Delawares for a friend of mine because they were known to be pretty hardy birds in heat and cold.
    I am now reading about white birds and free ranging - them being more of a "target".
    Do you think this would apply to delawares?
    anyone experienced free ranging Delawares?
    thanks as always!
  2. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    My delawares free range with the rest of the flock along with my leghorns they only get out for a few hours a day and I am fortunate because I have a pair of ravens nesting close by that keep hawks away. The only loss I have had is my campamine who was the most camoflouged bird ever to my neighbors dog. The white breeds seem good and delawares are great foragers. I think as long as you provide some cover and they are not in the middle of a large field which is not preffered free ranging areas usually any way you should be fine.

    Good Luck the delaware is a great heritage breed,
  3. coopist

    coopist Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    Midwest U.S.
    Under bad circumstances, like lack of cover, any chicken on free range is a potential target. That being said, Delawares don't seem much worse off than any other breed. Mine do fine on free range with plenty of cover.

    Best of luck.
  4. carousel

    carousel Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    NW Oregon
    the situation is like this.
    the chicks will have a spacious covered fenced area I remember about 170 sf
    the coop and fenced area is under trees.
    the area they can range when my friend is home is in her horse paddock area, it is a mix of trees grass and sand/dirt.
    These 9 pullets will also have 1 rooster.
    sounds good!
    the delawares are only 3 weeks old but are the most bold of my little chicks.
    (I also have some that are 7 weeks old)

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