Other common names: Delaware Blue Hen Chicken; Delaware Fighting Blue Hen; Blue Hen Chicken Blue Hen of Delaware
The Delaware Blue Chicken is a non-recognized breed of chicken which is believed to have descended from English Game and Irish Game chickens brought to American primarily by Irish immigrants. The Delaware Blue Chicken was adopted as the state bird of Delaware in 1939.
According to the Department of Animal Science at the University of Delaware, "There are conflicting accounts regarding the origin of the Delaware Blue Hen, a tradition that began in 1775. On December 9 the Continental Congress resolved that a battalion was to be raised from the three lower counties along the Delaware River..The 2nd Company was composed of men from Kent County under the command of Captain John Caldwell. It is said that Captain Caldwell, an avid fan and owner of gamecocks, carried two birds with him onto the battlefield. These birds were the male offspring of a certain blue-feathered hen..."
"Although the original Delaware Blue Hen chickens were fighting gamecocks, the current strains of Delaware Blue Hens resemble Mediterranean breeds of chickens more than English gamecocks."
Varieties (Single Comb) Yellow necked with a blue or dun base
Uses: Broody, Ornamental
Weight: 3.5 - 6 lbs
Personality: Flighty and energetic. Roosters will fight, so it is important to separate the adult males.
Preferred climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Fair (2/week)
Egg color: Cream
Egg size: Medium
What else you should know:
Traditionally the the combs and wattles are dubbed (cut off) of the roosters.
Like all blue breeds of poultry, the Delaware Blue’s color does not breed true. The following are average results when breeding the Delaware Blue:
Blue X Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash (Sport White)
Blue X Splash = 50% Blue, 50% Splash
Blue X Black = 50% Blue, 50% Black
Splash X Splash = 100% Splash
Splash X Black - 100% Blue
Black X Black = 100% Black
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Delaware Blue Chickens
These chickens are not suitable for backyard birds. They are very aggressive and hard to raise without keeping the roosters always separated. Ours had a tendency to fight until one bird or the other died, unless something or someone intervened. That being said, they are gorgeous chickens, just don't expect them to be friendly..
From PaulS Feb 28 2014 3:35PM