Delawares! What do YOU think? Im not all

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kryptoniteqhs, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
  2. linebacker

    linebacker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2007
    North West Tennessee
    That's why there are so many different breeds. Personally I love my Delawares. They lay large eggs, are friendly, and make a good fried chicken dinner.

  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Never had any, but with any breed, the strain you get can make a big difference on what comes out of them.

    Lots of people love their EE's... but all the ones I've ever had were as flighty as my leghorns...
  4. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Do you just not like the way they look or do you actually own some you don't like? These are on my wish list.
  5. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    Feb 8, 2007
    The problem is your going with a hatchery. If you want decent birds, go with breeders.
    Food for thought, your picture above is from Privett, which has the caption these are actual photo of our birds.

    Here is the same identical picture from the Welp website just a bit different-


    The thing is all the hatcheries are the same they just ship from different points and go under different names so it does not matter too much who your order from, you are still getting all the same stock that is made for numbers, not quality of the birds
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  6. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I have learned that while you can get some great chickens from Hatcheries that lay beautiful eggs and lots of them. If you want the best of the breed, you need to go with a Breeder who knows the breed standards and is working towards them.

    I know the couple of hatcheries that I have used in the past, even mention that they are selling breeds that have been bred for egg laying, etc.

    I personally want Delewares, but am getting hatching eggs from a breeder. I want them because they are an old breed, lay beautiful eggs and like Brad (linebacker) said, they will make a nice chicken dinner.
  7. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    And aren't these Delewares, the ones you just got this past week? What don't you like about them? All chickens go through the ugly dinasour look-a-like when they are growing.
  8. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    Is that where you ordered your Delawares from?
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Just from that picture, to me, the rooster is too narrow chested. A good Delaware is rather stocky, not long and lean. I'm just now learning what a good Delaware looks like so I bow to the experts in this breed. I'd love to see seriousbill's take on the birds in that picture. I am starting to work toward building a quality Delaware flock right now.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2008
  10. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    You can't buy from a hatchery & expect breeder quality birds. They hatch purebreds by the numbers, not by the standard of perfection. If you want a true to type bird, you have to invest more money & buy from a breeder who breeds to the standard.

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