Delawares are a relatively recent breed. They were developed in 1940 from a cross between New Hampshire Red hens and Plymouth Rock roosters. Occasionally, the cross would produce an off-colored sport, and those were used as parent stock for the Delaware. Delawares and Delaware crosses once had a place in the broiler industry, but have now been superseded by Cornish X Rocks. The Delaware was accepted into the Standard of Perfection in 1952.
Qualities of Delawares
- Gentle – Delawares are gentle, friendly, and docile. An occasional rooster may be aggressive.
- Brown Egg Layer – they are good layers of brown eggs.
- Meat Production – because they mature quickly and are good sized, Delawares are a good source of meat for the home grower.
- Broodiness – Delawares have some tendency to go broody, and when they do, they tend to make good mothers.
- Heat Tolerant – Delawares tolerate warm climates well and are a good choice for the Southern States.
Delawares are a gentle breed that are friendly and may follow you around the yard. They are a dual purpose breed that can be raised for meat and eggs. They are easy to keep, forage well and tolerate confinement well.
Physical Appearance of Delawares
- Comb, Wattle, and Earlobes – bright red and moderate in size.
- Coloration – Beaks are reddish horn. Eyes are reddish bay. Skin, shanks and toes are yellow.
- Plumage – Body and breast are white to silvery white. Hackle, tail, and wings are white with some black barring.
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