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You are Here: Home -> Baby Chicks -> Standard Breed Chicks -> Brown Egg Layers/Heavy Breeds -> Delaware

2014 Delivery Dates
Catalog Number Description 1-5 6-15 16-24 25-49 50-99 100 or more How Many
DLWC Males $2.21 $1.96 $1.88 $1.65 $1.58 $1.55
DLWP Females $3.40 $3.15 $3.08 $3.00 $2.94 $2.91 Sold Out
DLWS Straight Run $2.93 $2.68 $2.63 $2.61 $2.56 $2.54
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Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.
Quick Stats
Type: standard
Class: American
Egg Color: brown
Egg Size: extra large
Egg Production: excellent
Meat Production: better
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Heat Tolerance: better
Cold Tolerance: excellent
Disposition: excellent
Freerange: better
Skin Color: yellow
Feather Color: white
Comb Type: single
Bird Size: extra large
Exotic: no
Leg Style: clean
Head Style: regular
Male Mature Weight: 8.5 lbs
Female Mature Weight: 6.5 lbs
ALBC Priority: threatened

This breed was founded in the state of Delaware from an original Barred Rock and New Hampshire cross. The Delaware is considered a heavy breed which lays a nice brown egg. Males are medium size and large enough to butcher for meat and the hens will make a nice "stewing" dish when they are done laying. The feathering on these beautiful birds is almost all white but shows a slight indication of barring in the hackle and tail. Delaware are a nice quiet bird when well tended to. 

As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
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Customer Product Reviews
Such a fun breed. Dependable layers, with a playful attitude. Certain breeds are difficult to find locally, so I can depend on MMH to provide quality when I need to bring in new blood to my breed lines.
We have one Delaware hen and she is such a joy. She is always first to eat and will come running when she sees me, my husband or our son. She LOVES treats. Her name should be miss piggy! She is such a fun bird to have in our flock. When people ask what bird I recommend I tell them about Delawares. They are great layers, pretty as ever, social and full of personality. She has been healthy since day one. Great breed overall.
We just want to thank you for the very nice Delaware pullets we received from your hatchery. These are a fine example of the breed. They are quite large, lay nice dark brown eggs, and are very docile. Thanks again!
Delaware's are amazing! My Delaware is so cute and loves to be around me. If you want to have a friendly bird then you should order a Delaware! A.S. Johnson
My dellies lay nice medium brown glossy eggs. They started laying at about 19 weeks. They are easy to catch when need be, as they crouch down when I am near. They are friendly and quiet and good foragers.
Our family has raised Delawares for a number of years, and I can't think of a better chicken to own. Cold weather hearty, HUGE eggs (a number being double and triple yokers, consistently), and yes, they tend to be like dogs, following you everywhere. Definitely their first imprint is ever lasting. One thing I like about ordering from McMurray's -- their birds are not only healthy but of an excellent quality breed.
Our two Delawares are filled with personality and are very friendly. They also lay wonderful large eggs. They are my favorites. As long as I own chickens I hope to have them in my flock.
Delawares are great birds. Mine follow me around like dogs, come when called, and even fly up on my shoulder when I am doing chores around the farm. I will order lots more in the spring.
This was our first year ordering from Murray/McMurray and we are having fun with all of our hens, even the one that strongly resembles a rooster. We are thrilled to have ordered a variety and will do it again. Looking forward to the next months when the eggs should come into full production.
This was our first year ordering chicks and this year we're ordering more because they are such a joy to have. They are all beautiful birds and lay lots of eggs. We love our rare one but we haven't found out what type it is yet though.
I just love my "delies"! They are as sweet as they are beautiful, and very bright, too. They love to be petted, and a couple of them actually "cuddle" back when held, crooning quietly, wing on one shoulder, head on the other. They started laying at just under 5 months old, with decent size (1 1/2 oz), well-formed eggs of dark, pinkish brown. I'll be getting more "delies" soon!
This was my first year ordering from McMurray. All of the chicks that I ordered grew to be full grown chickens. Out of all the chickens I ordered the Delawares are all ways the ones to get noticed first and I am all ways getting told that the Delawares are so beautiful. The Delawares are so gentle even the rooster who my brother named Spot, likes you to pick him up and rub his wattles. Thanks for the wonderful chicks. Cory