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

  1. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    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 Songster

    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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