Originated and developed in the state of Delaware USA in the 1940's and admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in 1952. The Delaware is a dual purpose chicken with a single comb and a layer of brown eggs.
Plumage is nearly white with black feathers around the neck and tail and the bird is a rapid grower. Origin comes from hatchery man crossing Rock-Reds and occasionally a white colored chick would be in a tray considered to be a “off color” a “sport”. These white chicks grew very fast and big and after of years of breeding the white offspring they eventually became consistent with their color and color patterns and become a standard breed.
In the 1980 and 1990 very few of these pure Delaware flocks still existed and just only in the last 15 years has this breed made a comeback. Cackle Hatchery is proud to be a long time breeder of this beautiful chicken.
OUR BREEDING PROGRAM
COOL CHICKS AVAILABLE!
We took over a breeding program from an old-time breeder, who had been selecting for both conformation and production.
We're very pleased with the quality - with our breeding birds being exceptional. We have made good strides with regards to size, growth rate, and egg-laying. The girls, as should be typical, have layer well through out the winter! The breed still has a ways to go, but we've worked hard to make progress.
Chicks are $7 each, straight run.
There is no minimum order for on-farm pick-up.
25 chick minimum order for mail shipment. Shipping and handling is $45.50 per 25 chicks.
Chicks hatch and are ready for pick-up/shipment on Monday afternoons.
Hen - 6 1/2 lbs Rooster - 8 1/2 lbs
Pullet - 5 1/2 lbs Cockerel - 7 1/2 lbs
Dual Purpose: Egg laying and meat production
Egg Shell Color
200-280 eggs per year.
Yes, Recognized by the Standard of Perfection
Critical Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed.