Deleware owners

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by scooter147, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    I am thinking about getting some Deleware chicks this year, what can you owners tell me about the breed?
  2. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    I've had Delawares for a while now. They are great dual-purpose farm birds, or backyard flock birds. They lay really well and also, depending on strain, can work as free-range broilers. Some hatchery strains can be prone to aggression or feather-picking, but most Delawares are mellow and low-key. Mine are generally gentle and easy to handle. Oh sure, there is an occasional rare individual that isn't, and generalizing too much is tricky, but for the most part, I think Delawares are just about the ideal homestead bird because of laying ability and temperament, with broiler potential as a secondary characteristic (after all, the dual-purpose breeds have limited potential as meat birds when all is said and done).

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