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.
So Far So Good!I wanted hens that were cold hardy, since winter sticks around here for about 7 months. My chicks arrived Wednesday, I dipped their beaks in sugar water and had organic chick starter for them. They took to it right away. Then I found the vitamin pack under the bedding and mixed that up with the sugar water.Today is Saturday and all seem to be thriving! The Delawares are the most aggressive they seem to be fascinated with the wing feathers of the others.I have put them in a larger space, I couldn't find "chick" grit so I got pet bird grit.It's pretty fine,like beach sand, but they love scratching in it.I have had only one with pasty butt,I think I caught it in time and it looks good this morning.I can hardly wait for them to mature, my daughter had some, they are beautiful birds. I'm also trying to figure out my "mystery" chick! It looks like a baby pheasant only larger!
19 weeks - no eggsSo the five delawares in our flock are now 19 weeks and not one has given an egg. Our RI reds have started. All accounts show these should mature early 12-15 weeks.... The whole transaction with McMurray has been horrible. Not impressed at all.