Posted Sep 25, 2015
The Delaware chicken was our countries first meat bird. It has now been replaced by the Cornish cross as a meat bird. The Delaware is your classic dual purpose chicken. They can be used for both egg laying and meat production.
Some people argue that dual purpose birds are good for neither purpose. While this is a harsh view point I believe it isn't 100% true with the Delaware.
A Delaware hen can lay 200-250 eggs yearly. A cockerel will often reach 5 pounds in about 16-20 weeks. Both stats aren't terrible but neither one stands out.
If you are looking for birds for both egg and meat production there are better breeds to consider. You can also consider getting a mixed flock of some hybrid egg layers and some birds just for meat.