Delaware Chicken

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Other common names: White Delaware Chicken

The basics:
The Delaware Chicken was developed as a broiler chicken by George Ellis of Delaware USA in 1940, who called it the "Indian River Chicken". He created the breed by crossing Barred Plymouth Rock roosters and New Hampshire hens.

According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), this almost entirely white bird was once one of the most popular broiler chickens in the country, "because of the Delaware’s ability to produce offspring with predominately white feathering. This is an advantage for carcass appearance since white feathers don’t leave dark spots on the skin when feathers are growing in. Both the Delaware and the Delaware x New Hampshire were replaced in the late 1950's by the Cornish x Rock cross (solid white) that has come to dominate the industry."

Today, the Delaware is considered a "threatened" breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. It is also included in Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste, a list of heritage foods in danger of extinction.

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Barred Columbian
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 28 - 32 oz
Largefowl: 6.5 - 8.5 lbs
Personality: Calm and friendly.
Broody: Occasionally
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Jumbo

What else you should know:
Delaware chickens are noted for their rapid growth, and fast feathering of the chicks.

The breed will produce eggs throughout the winter, but roosters are prone to developing frostbite on their combs and wattles.


temperament, great growth rate, homesteader, dual purpose chicken, commercial meat birds, Jumbo eggs


large combs


Beautiful White Chickens, excellent feed conversion, meaty breasts, heritage breed

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Delaware Chicken

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