Why does my delaware chick look different from the others?


Aug 8, 2016
Hello! I have been on this site all morning! This page is so helpful! So I made myself an account!! I just got 17 chicks on cacklehatchery.com they have been at my farm for about 3 weeks now!
One of them happens to be a surprise RIR rooster! I'm kind of excited about it because I have never had one but I'm also a little concerned because a lot of people say that RIR roosters are supposed to be mean. But I'm really hoping that he is not.
I ordered a trio of Welsummers, Barred rocks, Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, and Delawares. The hatchery threw in an extra buff orpington and barred rock in case any died during delivery but they all made it just fine! So I have 2 extra! I am a little concerned about one of my chicks that is supposed to be a delaware chick. She has all white wings when the other two delawares have black on their wings! I am wondering if maybe they gave me the wrong kind.? The picture on the left is her. The one in the middle is one of my other delaware chicks. Please help.
The one on the right is my little RIR roo!

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8 Years
Jul 17, 2011
North Central Kansas
Greetings from Kansas and :welcome. Happy you joined our flock! I don't think RIR roosters have a predisposition toward meanness. Each individual rooster seems to have his own personality. The all white chick may still be a Delaware with different coloration...birds from hatcheries aren't bred very pure. If you wish you can post the pic here https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this for more opinions. Good luck to you and thanks for joining BYC!

Pork Pie

Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Jan 30, 2015
Hi and welcome to BYC - congrats on your new flock. I'm in agreement with Redsoxs.

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre 
https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads. 

You may wish to consider joining your state thread  as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

All the best

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