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These beautiful chickens are mostly white, but their tail and neck feathers are striped with black bars.

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The Delaware chicken was developed in 1940 by a man named George Ellis. He used a Barred Rock male with a New Hampshire female. This created a beautiful chicken that is mostly white, but their tail and neck feathers are striped with black bars. Delaware was admitted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1952.

George Ellis originally developed this breed for meat. They were the leading chicken for broilers until the late 50’s when the Cornish became popular. Another advantage to Delaware is that they are ample producers (180-260 per year) of well-developed eggs. These traits make Delaware a great dual-purpose chicken to raise for the local farmer or backyard chicken owner who wants both meat and eggs.

Delaware is a fast-growing, fast feathering bird that loves to forage. This bird is also cold hardy. Delaware is known for its calm and friendly temperaments. Unfortunately, they are recognized as threatened by The Livestock Conservancy. Place your order for these 1-day old baby chicks today to reserve an outstanding chicken to have in your backyard!

 Egg Color Brown  Hardiness Very Cold & Heat Hardy
 Egg Size Large  Broody Yes
 Egg Production Very Good  Hen Weight 7 lbs
 Personality Calm  Rooster Weight 8 1/2 lbs



Live Chick Guarantee

We guarantee your ordered number of birds arrive healthy and true to breed. Please contact us immediately should any losses or variances to your order occur, this guarantee is only for the safe and live delivery of your poultry. Any loss must be reported to Chickens for Backyards within 3 days of receipt for any adjustment to be made. Reshipments are subject to availability and minimum shipping requirements.  If eligible, we will reship only once. Reimbursements are limited to the cost of the birds and will not include shipping charges.

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1 review for Delaware

  1. Big beautiful biddies

    Last year we decided to add to our small flock of biddies. I was wanting a real dual purpose bird and I’ve found it! I couldn’t be more pleased, they are very reliable layers, big, friendly, hardy, and attractive. I was so nervous from reading negative reviews about aggression but so far I have one that is a little bossy and the rest are friendly biddies. I also wanted to thank you so much for the rapid response to my questions. Your agents are so nice.

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About Your Ship Date:

We will email a ship date to you within 5 days of placing your order. Your chicks will arrive 1 to 3 days after that ship date. You should receive a phone call from your local post office upon delivery and we recommend you pick them up immediately upon notification.

*Please note:  The requested month to ship is subject to change based on availability.

Cancellations & Changes

A minimum of two week notice prior to your ship date must be given to cancel or change a live chick order.


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