Delaware chickens are indeed an excellent dual-purpose breed, known for their versatility and adaptability. They are a heritage breed that was developed in the United States in the mid-20th century.
- Dual Purpose: Delaware chickens are highly regarded for their ability to produce both meat and eggs. While they may not grow as quickly as Cornish Cross broilers, they compensate with their flavorful meat and good-sized carcasses. Additionally, Delaware hens are reliable egg layers and can produce around 200-280 eggs per year.
- Hardiness: These chickens are known for their robust constitution and adaptability to various climates. They can tolerate both hot and cold conditions, making them suitable for a wide range of environments.
- Temperament: Delaware chickens tend to have a friendly and calm disposition, making them easier to handle and work with. They are generally docile and can be quite sociable, especially if they are handled and interacted with from a young age.
- Appearance: Delaware chickens have a distinct appearance with their white feathers on the front and black feathers on their neck, back, and tail. They have a medium-sized body with a broad breast and compact shape.
- Self-Sufficiency: By investing in an incubator, I hope can indeed become more self-sufficient in raising Delaware chickens. With an incubator, I will have the ability to hatch my own chicks from fertilized eggs, reducing my reliance on mail order birds. This can provide me with more control over my flock.
We raised both Cornish Cross and Delaware chickens this summer and I am very pleased with the results. I think the Delawares are every bit as good as the Cornish Cross Broilers. Let’s hope that I can learn to run an incubator so I can raise my own from egg!
Speaking of “eggs” my new Delaware Girls started laying and I made myself an egg salad sandwich for lunch. As a culinary swist I added a dollop of Maple Mustard. OMG Winner!