is this really a Delaware???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by pattgal, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. pattgal

    pattgal Songster

    Apr 20, 2010
    New Brunswick, Canada
    I asked the breeder and he says they are pure breed, but this does not look anything like the pictures I get when I google delaware
    I tried to explain to him what he looked like and he shut me down and just said they are pure. I never even got to tell him about the missing toes and the slate legs
    also my hens look pretty good ecxept fot they have brown feathers on their backs



  2. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Songster

    Oct 2, 2009
    My guess is that he just took some hatchery birds and sold their chicks.
  3. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Songster

    Aug 23, 2011
    sitting on the toilet
    yes it is
  4. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Crowing Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    That's my guess too. I got a bunch of Dellies from a hatchery last year and most of the cockerels had the poor markings like your guy does. Only one had reasonably good markings. The two pullets I got had brown leakage in their feathers too.

    So yes. That's a real Delaware, but not the greatest quality.
  5. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    What do you mean by slate legs and missing toes? Dels don't have either of those....
  6. pattgal

    pattgal Songster

    Apr 20, 2010
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Quote:Half of them had bluish colored legs, like an easter egger, and a couple had toes that only had half the lentgh and no toe nail to go on it

    unfortunately we got hit with cocci in the spring and strangely none of the ones with the slate legs lived
  7. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    Ahhhh! I gotcha now!
  8. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

    Sep 27, 2010
    I have what some call a EE roo crossed with a Delaware, he is missing a toe nail on one foot...funny



    Mar 2, 2009
    Hi- I would have to agree, he may be pure, but is not good quality! Sorry, thats what tends to happen when a breed is rare. You get people trying to breed for money and sell a rare breed, claiming that everything is pure. But it still isn't true to type. Go to the Delaware Poultry club you can hook up with someone who will have some pure stock. And just to let you know some of that smut and barring may go away as he matures. But odds are most of it won't. By the way Delaware are a work in progress, you will not find a perfect Delaware, you are more likely to find bad looking birds, rather then good looking birds. To get around this, go with a reputable breeder. Some one who has been breeding for a while. Before you purchase, ask where they got there stock from, how long have they had them and to see CURRENT pictures. Look at the birds and their habitat. Are they kept clean?
    Also, there is a tpic on this forum that you may want to follow.

    Breeds, Genetics, & Showing ยป Show off your Delawares! *PIC HEAVY (this is the title of the topic)
    It is a good one to follow. Always has good pictures on it and has some great people on there too. Good luck, just follow the link I gave you and find out more info on this great breed! ~ Tacey
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Proves the point that purebred does not equal wellbred. We see it in dogs all the time, indiscriminate breeding that does not match anywhere near the breed standard. Same thing here.

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