Epic search for real Delawares

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Katonk, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. FortCluck

    FortCluck Crowing

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    I have 1 Deleware that I got at a local farm that orders from a hatchery. She's a very nice chicken and almost ready to lay. I was thinking about incubating her eggs in the spring because our rooster is a jersey giant and keeping the chicks we want then the rest would be used for meat chickens or we would sell them. I had never seen the Deleware breed for sale at the farm until this spring, but they're definitely a good dual purpose breed.
     
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  2. FortCluck

    FortCluck Crowing

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    Here's mine... We call her Mama Chicken because she wants to be the mother of everything. She watches our ducklings all day long and makes sure they're safe. IMG_20190909_100030.jpg
     
  3. aliciaplus3

    aliciaplus3 Crowing

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    as far as big boys feathers being beautiful, well I usually run 2 roosters and 25 or so hens per pen, between that and him being a year old and molting.... yeah he will probably be prettier once his new feathers come in.
    On the broody note a good broody is worth her weight in gold But a so so one is useless and a bad one is just a pain... just my opinion.
    I once had a broody that would sit on anything and if given eggs did very well right up till hatch... then poof no chicks, no shell just gone and she would steal more eggs.... dealt with that all summer last year. After the 2nd time of getting to the last few days I pulled the eggs and stuck em in the incubator and they hatched fine, she wouldn't accept them or raise them so I raised em in the brooder. Finally decided she was just an incubator not a mother... silly girl.
     
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  4. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    I used my Delaware to hatch my ducklings! :lau
     
  5. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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  6. FortCluck

    FortCluck Crowing

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    Maybe mine will go broody next spring and she can hatch my ducklings and chicks
     
  7. Katonk

    Katonk Chirping

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    Oh man I hope I'm blessed with a true broody momma, but I'm checking out the diy incubators just in case.
     
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  8. FortCluck

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    I'm buying an incubator because I want to watch the whole process at least once.
     
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  9. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

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    Search NPIP for breeders near you.

    http://www.poultryimprovement.org/statesContent.cfm

    When you click on a state, it will open up a document. You will use stock codes to search within the document (use the "Find" function on your computer - usually in a drop down menu such as under the "Edit" menu, and type in the code you are interested in and it will find all instances of that code in the doc). Then you will find NPIP places that have that breed. Stock codes are listed on the left side of the above link.

    The codes you are interested in are as follows:

    " T " refers to Meat Production Stocks
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    " R " refers to Other large breeds and varieties
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    For example, in Ohio where I live, I found 26 instances of R17. Some of these were codes that were more than R17, such as R171...but still found several Delaware R17. But, I was unable to find T44 in Ohio. When I looked up R17 in Texas and Oklahoma, I did find matches. Hopefully this helps you in your search.
     
  10. Katonk

    Katonk Chirping

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    Good Lord. Talk about keys to the kingdom. Thank you!!!
     
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