Delaware 2nd Generation GMO Free Parent Stock

Hatchery: Art's hatchery
Minimum Shipped Quantity: 15

Delaware 2nd Generation GMO Free Parent Stock

Hatchery: Art's hatchery
Minimum Shipped Quantity: 15
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Up to 49$3.25
50 - 99$2.25
100+$1.75

Next Available Ship Date: 2/19/2020 *

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DESCRIPTION

Delaware chickens are a reasonably new chicken breed that started with crosses of Barred Plymouth Rock roosters with New Hampshire hens. Periodically, that mating process created sports with light coloration. Breeding those sports led to the creation of Delaware chickens with the goal being the production of a white bird that would serve the dual purpose of egg production with meat production. Strains were selected for fast feathering and rapid growth in support of the boiler industry. Once produced, the chicken was called Indian Rivers and then Ohio Beauty before landing on Delaware thereafter, as they were originated and developed there.

The breed actually gained listing as critical status in 2009 after declines in popularity. Delaware chickens only remain as a breed in the U.S, though hardly dominant. They've made a comeback in the last 15 years, though fewer hatcheries have Delaware chickens for sale.

Weight

Males and females are reasonably close in weight at eight pounds and six pounds, respectively. Bantam varieties weigh in at 32 ounces and 28 ounces. Delawares are economical to bring to market weights in foraging environments.

Good for

They were bred to be a dual-purpose bird, and that's exactly what they are. Good for meat. Good for egg production. Heritage Delaware chickens are also known for foraging and do a great job of managing farm pests. They have been used for organic farming and free-range situations. Heat tolerant, they are a good choice for Southern states.

Temperament

Calm. Friendly. Curious. Intelligent. Those are some of the words used to describe Delaware chickens.

Egg Production

A Delaware chicken's egg production will amount to four large/jumbo eggs weekly so you can count on them producing between 200 to 280 eggs each year.

Time to Maturity

Delawares grow rapidly and feather fast as chicks. Juvenile hens start laying eggs at six months.

Breed FAQs

Are Delaware chickens friendly?

Delaware chickens are blessed with a good temperament and make a good addition to your backyard. Like any bird, they become more friendly with greater interaction. Their gentle, docile, and friendly dispositions are well-suited to children.

At what age do Delaware chickens start laying?

As mentioned, a Delaware hen can start laying her eggs early-on at six months.

What color eggs do Delaware chickens lay?

Heritage Delaware hens lay light brown eggs.

Availability

Delaware chickens are for sale a limited time with limited quantities. They are available two weeks in July, August and September, and three weeks in October. Only straight runs are available.

Owing to their limited availability and timing, place your order soon or miss out. Delawares will give you egg production and meat, not to mention a friendly face around your property.