Dominiques,Delawares

MagsC

Queen Of Clueless
11 Years
Jul 27, 2008
4,616
12
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Minnesota
Next spring a friend of mine has offered to give me some Dominique and Delaware eggs. I know virtually nothing about either of those breeds!
I can search or google it but I would really like individual opinions/experiences and pics if possible.
Thanks!
 

linebacker

Songster
12 Years
Nov 6, 2007
163
2
144
North West Tennessee
I love my Delawares. Mine are friendly and as well as smart. I did a tremendous amount of research and my birds lived up to my expectations. Mine are hatchery stock and still they are super. My first plans were to use them strictly as utility birds to cross with my dark cornish for meat. I will still use them them in the crosses; however, I plan on improving my stock.
JMO
Brad
 

Cetawin

Chicken Beader
11 Years
Mar 20, 2008
13,752
127
333
NW Kentucky
I cannot tell you anything about Delawares but I can tell you that I love my Dominique. She is sweet, funny, a character and very quiet.
 

Hooterville

Songster
11 Years
Jun 20, 2008
516
2
151
Parkersburg, West Virginia
I received several Delawares with my order from Cackle. I just love them! They are friendly, outgoing, not too skittish and love sitting in your lap.

The very first chick to jump in my hand was a Delaware. We still call her Happy.

Don't know about their egg laying yet--still too young.
Becky
 

MamaDragon

Songster
11 Years
Aug 4, 2008
258
2
131
Camden, AR
Both of those varieties are good birds for backyard uses.

Just a word of warning.....

Since both of those varieties are white birds... you'll have to watch closer for hawks and other preditors. White birds stand out against the ground, and preditors will go after a white chicken faster that they will a colored chicken.

I've had to postpone getting any delewares here, because we have hawks overhead frequently. Once I can build a fully enclosed and roofed run for them they'll be alright. I'm NOT feeding my chickens to the entire wildlife population.

The one white hen I do have stays undercover most of the day (bushes, under the neighbors mobile home, or in the coop). Our chickens free-range during the day, and get locked up at night.

Kathy
 

AtRendeAcres

Songster
12 Years
May 23, 2007
1,565
5
181
Clarion County
love Dominiques (my dd's dog got mine this past summer)
if you free range you wouldn't realy have to feed them & they are good layers!

Joanne
 

MagsC

Queen Of Clueless
11 Years
Jul 27, 2008
4,616
12
231
Minnesota
Thank you! I dont plan on getting them from her until spring since she wont have any eggs until then, so I have plenty of time to research!
 

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