Delaware Chickens

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Originally called Indian Rivers, this rare breed was developed in 1940 by George Ellis in Delaware, USA from a cross between Barred Plymouth Rock males and New Hampshire females. Mating a Delaware female with a New Hampshire or Rhode Island Red male will result in a sex linked chick. They were, at one time, the most popular broiler chicken in America and remain a popular dual-purpose bird as they are productive egg producers. They are predominantly white birds with some black barring on the tail and neck hackle. They possess a single comb and are virtually unknown outside the USA and are considered rare within North America


The Delaware is a calm, friendly, fast maturing chicken which is robust and both heat and cold hardy. They lay well, producing a good number of brown eggs and will continue to lay throughout the winter too but they can become broody. They are adaptable birds, happy to be confined within a run or free ranging. Cocks can weigh around 8lbs while hens average 6lbs.



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- Joe, 11 June 2010

We have have owned pure Delawares for several years. I am constantly amazed at the egg productivity of this breed. I have not found them to be prone to broodiness and with reasonable care find the hens lay rate excellent, near 90% or better. They tend to decline slightly after about 2.5 years and as older hens. The eggs are extra large and they are a mild mannered chicken, very hardy from hatching right on through maturity. With the strain I have I occasionally get an off colored (red) chick. They are excellent foragers.

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